The hugging thing

I’m all for a good hug, whether from a spouse, family, a friend, a teammate. A solid (welcomed?) hug can be therapeutic, even life-affirming, reinforcing the human connection. I don’t understand the “social” hug, where you just hover your head over the person’s shoulder and pat the person on the back. It doesn’t say much. I’d rather a warm, sincere handshake.

On the other hand, isn’t it possible to overuse the hug to say hello/goodbye? If you’re a friend I see once a week, I’m not sure I need to be hugging you every time. Or maybe I’m just a prudish product of a puritanical culture who, you know, needs a hug.

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