Who doesn’t like a hug? Given by the right person whom you relate to, it can be therapeutic and most comforting. Hugging someone is also a way of showing your fondness and affection for that person. 21st January will see hugs being celebrated on the US National Hugging day. Even scientists admit that hugs have several benefits. In fact, one such study proved how the touch between people who love each other can help in times of sickness. Hugging strengthened the immune system and has the power to boost self-esteem. But did you know another thing about hugs? It can reveal your type of relationship so let’s see what different hugs say.
When you hug yourself, it can actually impact your health by having a therapeutic effect on your body. This is especially helpful when there is nobody around to hug you. It can calm you down, comfort you and even cheers you up. To experience what it feels like, just hug yourself and remain like that for a few moments and you will understand how it feels.
2.Slow dance hug
The slow dance hug usually occurs while two people are dancing. One partner’s arms will be on the other’s neck while the other will have their arms wrapped around the partner’s waist. In this situation, partners will usually make strong eye contact as a heightened feeling of romance hangs in the air. Partners will share smiles and indulge in pleasant or affectionate conversation. This is a typical romantic hug that could be the start of a romantic relationship or experienced by couples who are already in one.
This is a cute hug that is commonly experienced between a couple already in a relationship. The large difference in height means that the taller partner has to bend repeatedly to hug the other shorter partner. The shorter partner may have to stand on tiptoe and cling onto the other’s neck to align with the hugger. This is an affectionate hug where the taller partner especially shows his affection for his lady love even though she is smaller than him.
4.A hug from behind
A reverse hug means that the person hugging from behind harbors deep and loving feelings for the person they are hugging. Even though the person may have not uttered those 3 special words, for the hugger, those words already are in effect although unspoken. They are in love with the person and will be ready to take the responsibility of that person. Their hug from behind denotes unconditional feelings of caring and protection.
This could be considered the most romantic type of hug. The traditional heart to heart hug comforts a partner and is a long enduring hug. This is where one person leans on to the chest of the other which is basically requesting a subconscious endorsement. In turn, the other person reciprocates with an even longer hug with strokes on the back which is a display of support. This type of hug is gentle, tight and tender and denotes a very loving relationship with both partners showing their support for each other.
The cuddle is a cute type of hug that is also experienced by two people very much in love with each other. It can be long, sometimes lasting for hours and is usually the way some couples also sleep. It can also be pleasant and des-stressing for some. The cuddle is even more effective in its comfort when followed by soft loving and soothing words.
The A-shape hug is also known as the teepee hug which is between people who greet each other for the first time but are not formal and know something about each other. This is when two people lean towards each other with only the upper torso of the body touching and the hug is a brief one. You might have also seen diplomats and heads of countries greeting each other this way. It is also done between people who have separated and may miss each other or seeing each other after a long time and harbor no hard feelings. It could also be between those who are still in love with each other and miss each other which in this case, the hug would last longer.
The group hug is done between teammates and colleagues or friends to show their unity and sense of companionship for each other. It also takes place after an achievement or a display of happiness. A group hug can also be done before starting on something new like a project where people show their support and energy for each other.
The men’s hug is a popular and common kind of greeting that takes place between two men. It lacks the intimacy of couples such as eye contact and if usually accompanied by back pats. However, this doesn’t mean it lack affection as it is a hug that is also done between friends. The hug is followed by the standard verbal greetings and handshakes.
10.One-arm side hugs
The one arm side hug takes place between two people who may be standing or sitting close by to each other. It is done as a show and a sign of support to the other person. It can also be a pick-me-up to cheer on the other person or it could be just a sign of friendship. It might also be assigned to romance if the hug occurs in public places such as theaters or cinema halls and done between couples.
The best type of hug to show that one misses you and is overjoyed to see you. It is a type of hug that is popular among women because of the display of closeness and affection between the two, especially the one who started the hug. In the case of male and female partners, males too tend to bear hug their partners but it is important to be gentle.
12.The hand hug
The hand hug is a common sign of a shared hug like a simple handshake. As surprising as it seems, the handshake is also construed as a type of hug done between people who are unsure how to greet each other, so it is a simple handshake. The hand is the most common and appropriate type of affection to show to colleagues in the workplace.
This is a hug that is typically used to comfort someone in times of distress. It is usually performed between a member of a family and it is distinctive because of the long intensity of the hug to comfort someone who needs to be consoled.
14.The wandering hands hug
This is another type of hug literally what it suggests. It is mostly done between romantic partners where one or both partners hug each other closely with their hands wandering around the back of their bodies such as shoulders, back and neck and will carry on for the duration of the hug.