Everyone needs a hug from time to time. When we decide to let someone else into our personal space and hug us, we open up to allow that person to get physically closer than most others are allowed. We open our arms to embrace each other as a sign of friendship, affection, and caring. We hug a friend as a greeting, and also when we say “Goodbye” before parting ways. Sometimes hugging is a way to express sympathy or comfort to someone in need. Or a hug can be a precursor to that first kiss, filled with electrical anticipation of the other person's lips meeting yours.
A special kind of intimacy, though, is experienced when hugging a romantic partner. All of our guards are let down as we seek solace in another’s arms. Hugging is a way for couples to express their affection for each other. It keeps them, as a couple, close. Through this physical touch, she can feel his heart beat against her chest and his gentle breath on your cheek. They’re close enough to smell that special cologne or perfume, to caress their love’s face and stare deep into their soulful eyes.
A quick squeeze and kiss in the morning on the way out the door reaffirms a couple’s togetherness before they part ways to meet the world. At the end of the day, a long, tight embrace is a great way to come together again, wash away the day’s troubles and distress before enjoying the evening. Cuddling on the couch or spooning in bed, a couple revels being in each others’ arms, holding each other, providing a safe environment that is absolutely impenetrable by the outside world.