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Hugs and the Different Types

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.

Give someone a hug today!

Give someone a hug today!

Definition of a Hug

What is a hug? A hug is defined as an affectionate embrace. We must keep in mind, however, that there is a big difference between a hug of compassion and a hug of passion. A caring, comfortable hug is no way like a lover's hug.

A hug is almost always welcomed. Sometimes you will receive verbal permission from someone who wants a hug such as a child entering school for the first time, or from an adult who did not get that last promotion. How about that teenager who did not get his driver's license the first, second, or third time he tried?

Don't you think a hug would be in order at that time? Act accordingly, but if you sense someone doesn't like to be hugged, don't force it. Hugging is good for the hugger and the one being hugged.

Have You Been Hugged Today?

Have you been hugged today? If the answer is "No," then you have been touched deprived. Everybody needs to be hugged. Think of the child within us all who needs love, safety, support, care and a warm touch. We, as adults, are reaching out for those same needs.

Dr. Leo Buscaglia, author of several books on the subject of love is also considered the "Hug Doctor." He believes people should not be afraid of touching, feeling or showing emotion. Hugging is a way of letting people know you care. You don't even have to be involved with someone or need to know someone personally in order to give a friendly hug to cheer up a person, to dispel loneliness or to help a person overcome fears.

Bear Hug

This is an example of a bear hug!

This is an example of a bear hug!

Hug Therapy

The Hug Therapist Book, written by Kathleen Keating, illustrates through drawings and articles that hugging is an absolute necessity for our physical as well as our emotional well-being. Throughout the pages of the book, hug therapy is depicted as the practice of administering hugs for the purpose of curing or healing, or of preserving health.

Hugging is the perfect and simple treatment of disease. Keating says, "Hugging is an instinct, a natural response to feelings of affection, compassion, need and joy." Hugging is a science, a method of support, healing, and growth with immeasurable and remarkable results. Many people have learned that in its highest form, hugging is also an art.

Power in the Touch

There is power in the touch. Research supports the theory that touch is necessary for our physical and emotional well-being. A touch is a therapeutic tool for healing. In some large medical centers, it is now a part of nurses' training to be able to touch to help relieve pain, to ease depression and anxiety and to give patients the will to live.

Hugging is good for all of us which includes the young, old, male, and female. It opens doors to feelings, and it makes us feel good. It eases tension and is a good exercise because hugging keeps arms and shoulder muscles in condition.

Bear Hug

Hugs are important for the giver and the receiver.

Hugs are important for the giver and the receiver.

Kinds of Hugs

There are many different kinds of hugs. The traditional one is the bear hug. Bodies touch in a powerful, strong squeeze that lasts five to ten seconds or more. The cheek hug is a tender gentle hug that often has a spiritual quality. The side by side hug is good to provide a joyful moment while walking. The type of hug depends greatly on the hugger, the person being hugged and the situation.

The next time someone asks you, "Have you been hugged today?" perhaps the answer will be "Yes." If it's "No" share a hug with that person. When approaching someone for a hug, there are several things you could say. Choose the one that is comfortable for you.

  • "Give me a hug."
  • "Let me give you a hug."
  • "May I have a hug?"

The bottom line is that we all need hugs.

Cheek to Cheek Hug

Cheek-to-cheek hug

Cheek-to-cheek hug

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Types of HugsDescription

Bear Hug

traditional hug; bodies touch in a powerful, strong squeeze that lasts five to ten seconds or more

Cheek Hug

a tender gentle hug that often has a spiritual quality

Side By Side Hug

side by side hug is good to provide a joyful moment while walking

Side By Side Hug

Side-by-side hug

Side-by-side hug


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 09, 2011:

Dian'swords4u, hugs ae so important for babies and grown adults as well. We never outgrow our needs for hugs. I get plenty of hugs at church on Sundays, but since I live alone and work from home, I don't get many of them during the other days.

Dian'swords4u from North Carolina on February 09, 2011:

Great hub. My parents are very affectionate and I was hugged many times a day and we still hug and I am much older. I know that we sometimes don't so this as much as we should. I am a hugger. I also love those wonderful little nudges and hugs that we gst from God as the day goes on. I can feel his arms around me. I felt him very close to me when I lost my father in November. I still feel him when I am sad. I even pray to God and ask him to tell my father I love him and miss him when those hard times come about. Thank you for this wonderful hub.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 08, 2011:

Thanks, Treasuresofheaven for your comment about the format of this article. I learned it from you.

Also, thanks for the virtual hug. I can feel your touch all the way here in Richmond, VA.

Sima Ballinger from Michigan on February 08, 2011:

Wow, this is great! I like the way you layed this information out. I appreciate your instructions on what to say if you want to give a hug.

revmjm, I'm sending a virtual hug to you!


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 08, 2011:

Thanks, Dr. Wendy. It is always good hearing from you. Thanks for reading and responding.

Dr. Wendy from Kentucky on February 08, 2011:

Once again, another great hub! (((revmjm)))

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 08, 2011:

Rebecca E., unfortunately, I have not been hugged today. So I am touch deprived. Send me a virtual hug!

Rebecca E. from Canada on February 08, 2011:

awesome, and yes I've been hugged, and am a "hugger" today as well! great work.

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