Hope Unites Globally – HUG Award Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE:  You should send this post or a link to this post to all those you nominate to receive the HUG Award. 

Please do not change or use another image for the HUG Award Image©.  Please do not alter–by changing, shortening, or adding to–the text about the award and how to share it with others.  Either copy the entire article as it is on this page, or please include a link back to this article, when you post on your blog or share award with others. 

I ask you to please honor this request and help me keep the integrity of the award as originally designed, so that future award recipients will know what an honor it is to receive this award.  Thank you, Connie Wayne


Hope is an expectant desire; a confidence in a future event; a ground for trust and confidence; to think; to look forward to with trust and expectant desire.”

The HUG Award© was initiated by Connie Wayne at A Hope for Today at http://ahopefortoday.com, which promotes hope, love, peace, equality, and unity for all people.

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they:  Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness

The HUG Award© recognizes and honors those who help keep hope alive in our current world, which is plagued by war, natural disasters, and economic recession.  They nurture hope, in any of the above areas (in italics),  by the work they do, or in their personal lives with things such as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc.

The HUG Award© is for anyone, anywhere in the world, who meets the guidelines and wants to be nominated for the award. Please leave a comment on this page if you are interested in receiving this award, or if you would like to nominate someone else for the award.

The HUG Award© is for people who, without giving up or compromising their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs, are able to nurture hope and respect the dignity of all people. 

The HUG Award© is for those who, without bias or prejudice, use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.

The HUG Award©is for people who have a hope or an expectant desire that the work or talents they use in things such as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc., will make a positive impact on the world.

These people do not have to actively use the word “hope” in their work or creative talents.  They only need be conscious of their desire to make the world a better place for everyone.

These people use their available resources–a smile, a hug, a helping hand, a listening ear, a voice, time, money, possessions, education, personality, talent, websites and blogs—to make a positive impact on the world and make the world a better place to live.

The HUG Award© is not specifically a website or blog award.  It can be given to people in your community, at your employment, at your place of worship, etc.  Please make sure they have a copy of these Guidelines, and please don’t forget to submit their names back to this site.


HUG Award© Image:   Those who receive the HUG Award© may paste a copy of the original HUG Award© image into an Image widget on their website or blog by simply copying and pasting the following image URL into an Image widget:   http://hopesfortoday.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/hug-award1.png.  As the link URL for the image, please insert http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/.



1.  If you receive a HUG Award©, you may nominate others who also meet the above guidelines for the award.  You may nominate as many people, websites, or blogs as you want to nominate to receive the award.  I do ask that, upon receipt of the award, you nominate at least one other person.  The award is also not time limited, so you can nominate new people or sites you encounter in the future.  Please try not to nominate those who have already received the award.

2.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTACTING YOUR NOMINEES and telling them you nominated them for the  HUG Award©AND when you contact them…

3.  Please link this page:  When you contact your nominees for the award, please include a link to this page, http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/, so they will have the same information you received about the award.  Then, they also can perpetuate the award by nominating others.  AND…

4.  Please post a comment on this page at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/ with the name and the complete website or blog address of the site(s) or person(s) you nominate.   

5.  If you know, I would appreciate you informing me of the geographical location of your nominee(s) and /or their site(s).

6.  Social Media Sites:  You may also copy and paste unchanged copies of the original HUG Award© and HUG Award© Guidelines’ wording to other social media sites such as Facebook and Linkedin.  You may also print original copies for your personal use for display, etc.

7.  You may print a copy of the HUG Award© Guidelines for people you nominate, who do not have a website, blog, or social media account to which they can paste award and Guidelines.  If they have email, you may email them a copy of the original HUG Award© and original Hug Award© Guidelines.

Thank you for your help sharing HUGs (HUG Awards©) with the people of the world.  Blessings, Connie

The Hope Unites Globally HUG Award© and the HUG Award© Guidelines are the copyright of Connie Wayne – ©Connie Wayne 2012 at http://ahopefortoday.com.  They both may be copied and shared in accordance with the Guidelines established in this post.


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  10. Hi Connie,
    Thanks for this inspirational and beautiful award. What a great way of blessing everyone. :)
    I received your beautiful creation from restlessjo (http://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/six-word-saturday-15/) but it’s quite difficult to always choose specific blogs so I hope you don’t mind, but what I do in cases like this is to let the bloggers choose for themselves when they comment on my post. It really takes up a lot of time to go around to all the blogs on your blogroll to see who has it and who not, and that is unfortunately not something all of us have much of. :)

    Here is the link to my post :


    Thanks again for inspiring everyone so much. :)

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  19. I am sorry: Here are the links to the blogs and websites of my nominees:

    i am not she

    Good Life No Alcohol

    Two Minutes of Grace

    Living in Graceland


    Louise Behiel

    Finding Urself after a Brain Injury

    A Bump to the Head

    Hurdles to Happiness

    Words From My Soul

    Home’s Cool!


    I am sending a HUGE Hug to the following organizations that work to ease pain, increase communication and bring Peace to my community.

    Bienvenidos Food Bank Denver

    Feeding the hungry in Denver since 1989

    Alakananda and Sadananda of the Alandi Ashram

    Offering Hindu Kirtan, Meals, Spiritual Guidance and Hope since 1985. Alakananda is a gifted Ayurvedic doctor.

    The Conflict Center Denver

    Teaching conflict resolution, communication skills, negotiation, anger management, values clarification

    and refusal skills since 1987

    Challenge Denver

    It is Challenge Denver’s mission to engage and inspire Denver Public School students while helping them feel safe, challenged and empowered. Challenge Denver helps students break down the walls that divide us.

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  22. I have 4 nominees:
    Sustainable Utopia, sustainableutopia.wordpress.com — Canada
    Buddhism Now, buddhismnow.wordpress.com — England
    Fles’s Blog, thefles.wordpress.com — don’t know where
    Step On a Crack, step-on-a-crack.com — don’t know where

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  28. Hello! Just accidentally found your website and was just amazed! It is really difficult too find something surprising in our world of deceit and betrayal especially in the Internet. To be honest I have no idea right now which website or a blog I could advise, maybe next time, but anyway thank you a lot for everything you have already done!

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  31. What a great idea. I have nominated Judy Webster for her initiative and commitment in setting up the Genealogists for Families group -a team within Kiva lending which lets us make loans to families in less-advantaged countries. They gain economic and financial independence and when the loans are repaid most lenders recycle the money to another borrower. Definitely within the range of this award.

    Please do go over and look at Judy’s blog http://genfamilies.blogspot.com.au and also the related Kiva site http://www.kiva.org/team/genealogists. BTW the group is open to anyone.

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    • Congratulations on your nomination and receipt of the HUG Award. If you have nominated others for the award, please let them know by sharing the HUG Award Guidelines with them. Blessings, Connie

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