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7 ways to boost your hugging power

Published on Feb. 21, 2011 | Print | Share | Recommend ()

Play happy, upbeat music to create a nice atmosphere. “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles works, but “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry sends the wrong message. Dancing to it also gives you something fun to do when people are staring at you strangely.

Dress for the weather. Hugs are more pleasant when you don’t have to worry about sweat stains or frozen fingers. Also, look nice. Stand in front of the mirror and ask yourself, “Would I want to hug this person?”

Smell clean and fresh. Be sure to shower and spritz a little perfume or cologne before you head outside. No one wants to hug someone who smells funny.

Recruit huggers of both sexes. Some girls are afraid of getting felt up by guys, while some guys are just afraid of women, period. Having both girls and guys allows everyone to hug comfortably.

Remove backpacks and bags. These make hugs awkward.

Make colorful, eye-catching “Free Hugs” signs. You’ve got to sell your goods.

Have fun. No one wants to hug a grouch.

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