Hug Day 2017: Did you know there are 18 different ways to hug a person?

A warm, comfortable hug from your loved ones makes you forget all your problems, doesn't it?

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2017 6:02:20 pm

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Valentine’s week is here and it brings seven special days to make memories with your loved ones. Starting from February 7, the week starts with Rose Day and Propose Day, Chocolate Day, Promise Day, Teddy Day, Hug Day, Kiss Day follow to lead the way to Valentine’s Day on February 14.

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A warm, comfortable hug from your loved ones makes you forget all your problems, doesn’t it? Celebrated on February 12, this day marks another important expression of love! Give your loved one a tight, bone crushing hug to let them know they are loved.

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Hugs are probably the most widespread way of showing that you care. The exact origin of hugging is unclear, but it can be assumed that one is born with the instinct to hug. Hugging and types of hugs have also evolved as due to social conditioning. The duration and pressure of a hug depend on the context and the level of intimacy. For example, you hug your relatives almost for as long as you desire because of the comfort level you share, while a platonic hug tends to be short and casual to avoid any sexual or romantic implications. Depending on the intention, hugs can be tricky to manoeuvre as there are various types of hugs, each with its own specifics and subtle cues.

Here are a few popular types of hugs and what they mean.

Back pat: Back pats can be friendly and indicate limited affection, though in longer hugs, a back pat is a clear signal to pull away.

hug-day-2_759 Back pat. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Bear hug: Everyone’s favourite hug, a bear hug is characterised by full body touch in a tight clasp. It indicates strong and open affection from the hug-initiator.

Bear Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Bear Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Body hug: The most common hug, this vertical embrace with full body touch is usually a warm embrace. It’s the standard greeting among friends and indicates comfort and relaxation in the company.

Body Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Body Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Bomb: This one can frighten you and and bring a smile on your face at the same time. In a bomb hug, the hugger ambushes the other person by running up to them and leaping wildly onto them. A bomb hug indicates extreme elation and is a common sight in sport championships when the victors celebrate their win.

Bomb. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Bomb. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Clinger: As the name suggests, one person usually holds the hug for longer, making the other give in. A clinger usually indicates a need for extended comfort, or sometimes subtle domination.

Clinger. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Clinger. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Comforter: In this type of hug, the hugger may be embracing the other person tightly or gently, depending on their need, though, usually the person being hugged is the one who holds on tight for comfort. It’s a hug that’s been romanticised in movies immensely, with the one in need of comfort leaning on the other’s chest, who then strokes or pats them comfortingly, often placing their head on theirs.

Comforter. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Comforter. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Crusher: Crusher is an extreme form of a bear hug, where the hugger usually doesn’t realise their own strength.

Crusher. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Crusher. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Cuddle: Similar to the comforter hug, a cuddle lasts for a longer duration and is common among those in romantic relationships.

Cuddle. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Cuddle. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Dancefloor hold: Often a precursor to a budding romance, in this hug, the woman places a hand on the neck of the man, who, in turn, gently holds her by the waist as they both move to the music.

Dancefloor hold. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Dancefloor hold. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Group hug: Group hugs are common among friends, especially as a celebratory instinct. Traditionally, group hugs have been a ritual confirmation of togetherness.

Group Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Group Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Leap and lift: A kind of bear hug, in this, the petite person (usually a woman) leaps on to the other person (usually a man), who lifts them up to absorb the impact. It usually continues into a spinning motion. This hug is an excited and open greeting among people harbouring significant trust and affection for each other, and is often initiated due to a good news. It can also be initiated by children and extended by indulgent elders.

Leap and Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Leap and Lift. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Man hug: Characterised by a quick grab touching upper body only and patting the back a couple of times, a man hug usually lacks eye contact and is quickly released with a step back and a brief smile. This hug is a greeting between straight male friends.

Man Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Man Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Lateral one-arm hug: Occurring between people standing or sitting side-by-side, it is initiated by one person putting one arm around the other, giving them a quick hug. It is a quick and safe sign of approval or affection and can act as a comforter, if extended. It can laso have romantic undertones, for example when initiated in movie theatres.

Lateral One-Arm Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Lateral One-Arm Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Reverse hug: This is often a surprise hug in which the hugger embraces the person from behind. If the other person leans back on the chest of the hugger, it indicates relaxed affection between trusting partners.

Reverse Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Reverse Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Sandwich hug: In this hug, one person is ‘sandwiched’ between two affectionate people. Usually, children find themselves in a sandwich hug between their parents.

Sandwich Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Sandwich Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Self-hug: Done in the absence of a partner, a self-hug is the best one can do when one needs comfort. It can be therapeutic too.

Self Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Self Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Teepee hug: Also known as A-frame hug, this hugs can be found in formal first meetings. It is characterised by leaning forward and body contact at the top (forming an A-frame) and is typically a quick hug with little or no eye contact.

Teepee Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Teepee Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

Unequal-height hug: The shorter person hugs the taller person by the waist, possible resting the head on their shoulder. The taller person wraps arms around the upper body of the shorter person.

Unequal-height Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad) Unequal-height Hug. (Illustration by Shyam Kumar Prasad)

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