This morning as I was poking around on my twitter, I stumbled across this tweet thread:
This is a thing. I personally grew up with a very physically affectionate mother, and touch is natural to me.
As natural as breathing.
When I meet people, I always offer a hug, instead of a handshake or basic greeting. Even in business.
Let me clear: I don’t dive in for the embrace. I give them the OPTION.
90%+ take it.
Now, as a woman, I do have an advantage of not seeming creepy to most. However, I know men who offer a hug, too.
“I’m a hugger. Do you prefer hugs or another greeting?”
Of course, not ever expecting to sexualize it helps.
BE THE CHANGE.
YMMV. Perhaps start small.
“I’m on a mission to hug more and spread joy. You with me?”
I know it will not work for everyone with every person. When it does, though, we all benefit.