Are you one of those people who doesn’t hug? What’s your excuse?

It’s not manly? Hogwash! In many European countries—Greece, France, and Russia come to mind for starters—men enthusiastically hug each other in greeting and farewell.

Strong people don’t show their emotions? More hogwash! Showing your emotions proves you are strong…strong enough to own your feelings.

You’re afraid of embarrassing the other person? How do you know they’re not standing there just yearning to be embraced? You may be upsetting them more by not hugging them.

You’re concerned that your hug will be misinterpreted? Hug with your upper body tight to the other person but your lower body not. No one who’s sensible will mistake that for a come-on or sexual harrassment.

Who do you know who could use a hug today?