Before hugging someone, try to look for cues that will tell you whether the person is open to it or not.
Here are some hugging etiquettes:
1. The first date
Under usual first-date circumstances, a half-hug is pretty much protocol. It’s basically a side hug, which generally lasts less than two seconds.
The duration matters a bit. Too long, and you might give off unfavorable vibes. Too short, and you may make it seem like you’re uninterested. Don’t let it rack your brain; you’ll know what feels right in the moment.
It’s practically a way of saying, “It’s nice to meet you.” Think of it as a more endearing substitute to shaking someone’s hand.
2. Hug only when the person you want to hug extends their arms
If the person does not look like they are preparing to hug you, then you may want to back off.
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3. Be welcoming when you hug
If either of you requested the hug, then make the person you are hugging feel safe. Act as though the two of you are the only people who matter at the moment
4. Avoid hugging too tightly
The best way to judge how tightly or loosely to hug is to let whomever you’re hugging indicate what they want by how hard they squeeze. If they are soft, be soft back; if they like bear hugs and squeeze tightly, hug back the same way