07/14/2012 01:33 pm ET Updated Jul 14, 2012

Raleigh Woman, Melinda Schmidt, Hugs A Stranger Every Day For A Year (VIDEO)

In today’s fast-paced world, people often lament the lack of community that once defined small-town America. After moving to a new city, Melinda Schmidt wanted to connect with people in the same way she did with her friends and family back home.

The answer? Hugs. Lots of them. For an entire year, Schmidt made it her goal to hug at least one total stranger every day -- brightening their day and her own. In this video produced by HooplaHa, she says she loves to hug people who look like they are having a rough day. “All that stress kind of melts away,” she says.

Schmidt even decided to write about her experience, sharing stories of her memorable 365 days of hugs.

Share the love (and this video) and make an ordinary day a little happier! How many people have you hugged today?