Expressing one’s love for their partner does not always happen verbally. One of the simplest and most intimate ways to express love is through an embrace. Some studies even say that hugging helps speed up the healing process, by diminishing the feeling of loneliness, elevating one’s mood, and reducing the levels of stress and depression. All that happens because an embrace makes the body release oxytocin, the human-bonding hormone.

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The way couples embrace can tell many things about the feelings they want to express to each other in the given situation. Let’s take a look at some of the more frequent ways your man might embrace you.

#1. The half hug

When the man puts only one arm around your shoulders or along your side - it is a sign of being comfortable with each other, caring about each other, wanting to feel each other close without making an obvious public display. In a way, it is a reassuring, fairly intimate gesture.

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#2. The “whirlwind” hug

When the man gives you a twirl, just to embrace and, usually, kiss you at the end of it - it is a spontaneous show of your man’s affection for you, a little surprise to lift you out of the gray of the daily grind, and remind you that he loves you and thinks of you all the time, no matter what life throws at the two of you.

#3. The hug from behind

When he sneaks up behind you, usually while you are busy with something, and lovingly embraces you, nestling you in his arms - it is either an expression of his love for you, or the expression of his need to feel you close when he has something on his mind.

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#4. The embrace after (sex)

Many men don’t realize just how important it is to embrace their partner after a round of good sex. It reinforces the feelings you have for each other at a moment of complete intimacy and trust. Although it might sound simple, this embrace is one of the secrets of a good and healthy relationship.

#5. The hug to acknowledge going the extra mile

When you spend your entire day in the kitchen, just to prepare his favorite dish, words of appreciation feel good, but a passionate hug and, maybe, a kiss feel even better. It makes you feel that he indeed appreciates and understands the effort you put into offering him a bit of pleasure, with a side of love.

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#6. The squeeze

When your man hugs you tight, holds you for a few moments, then lets you go - it usually shows that he needs to feel you close, to reassure himself that you are there with him, having his back, being there to help him through whatever difficulties he is facing at that moment.

#7. The deep gaze and hug

When he just holds you close, gazing deeply into your eyes - this is one of the most telling physical expressions of his love for you. He wants to make you feel how he feels about you.

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#8. The quick hug

When the man quickly hugs you before going off to work, or some event he is already late to. It means that he doesn’t want to leave without showing you again that he loves you, and that he thinks about you even when he has other, urgent business to attend to.

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We at BetterMe want everyone to know and experience true love. It is out there for everyone and until it knocks on your door we are here to remind you that you deserve the best love!

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