Do You Prefer to Hug Or Shake Hands?

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Do you prefer to hug or shake hands?

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26-30, M
64 Responses Mar 19, 2009

Well, I like to call it a shoulder bump more than a hug.... with strangers I kinda just lean in and pat their back with both hands, but I'll give kids and people I know a little better a moment of squeeze. :)

<p>Maybe it's girly, but I prefer hugs--unless the person is a total stranger. I've been known to hug the occasional stranger, though. </p>

<p>HUGS&nbsp;PLEASE&nbsp;LOL&nbsp;i love em..especially if it comes from some u care about or u think is cute :)&nbsp;</p>

<p>Hugs all the way.<br /><br />
I love hugs.<br /><br />
And they can alot about how that person will effect you and stuff, it sounds weird but if i can't stand to hug a person because they pat my back all the time then I'll honestly think of them differently, it will drive me nuts.</p>

Shake hands if I have to, I actually would prefer just a friendly wave.

<p>hugs from family...</p>

With people i'm close/friends with, definitely a hug. A hand shake doesn't really feel that natural to me. But a warm embrace always feels good :)

<p>Depends on whom it is. If family or friends then a hug is ok. If it is someone else whom I do not know, ugh well dont touch me would be in my vocabulary. But I guess hand shaking would suffice.</p>

<p>Pshhh! This question needs to be slapped! Of COURSE hugs!</p>

<p>Hugs they are my favorite!</p>

<p>It depends who it is</p>

<p>Hand shake from a stranger, Big Hug from an acquaintance or friend and family..</p>

<p>BOTH!</p><br />
<p>I'm a BIG&nbsp;hugger type HOWEVER I also do the shake depending on the situation. I will say that if you are going to do either do it all or not at all. I hate those fake hugs w/ a tiny, omg don't actually touch me, kiss on the cheek and if you shake hands don't break mine and don't be afraid to make it count.</p><br />
<p>Picky B!tch aren't I</p>

<p>Oh the joy of being hugged, not in a sexual way but in a way that lets you know the hugger truly loves you and needs to feel you close. The kind of hug that surrounds you with a radiating warmth that stays with you, long after the hug is gone. There is healing wrapped up in a sincere hug,&nbsp;like a soothing&nbsp;balm for the weary&nbsp;soul.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

<p>Hug.&nbsp; Definitely.&nbsp; </p>

<p>I like to give hugs when I can,cause it makes me feel good.The people I do not know well if they reach out their hand first then I will shake their hand.</p>

<p>I don't wanna be touched by most people.</p>

<p>Depends...if you are just meeting somebody than a hand shake seems more appropriate,cause obviously you don't know who that person is or where they're coming from.But I&nbsp;have to admit a hug is always nice.</p><br />
<p>Everything just depends on the people</p>

<p>hugs mean more to me than hand shaking for a start did they wash thier hands after the loo etc</p>

<p>I&nbsp;will only hug my relatives, my friends, or my boyfriend.&nbsp; All others would just get a hand shake from me.&nbsp; I do prefer hugging though but believe it is too personal a gesture for someone you hardly know.</p>

I prefer a hug from a child,<br />
for their little arms wrapped around me,<br />
fills my soul with joyful glee.<br />
<br />
While a hug from my boyfriend confirms his love for me,<br />
<br />
a hug from my grandmother, I remember, would always set my worries free and afterward she would smile and pour me some tea.<br />
<br />
Now strangers were always banned from my hugs, for I reasoned, only a handshake would do<br />
<br />
but even that has changed as of last week, when a heart wrenching decision came due.<br />
<br />
You see, it was time for my kitty, named Annie, to be free from her pain,<br />
so with a lump in my throat, I wrapped with a blanket, and headed for the vet once again<br />
<br />
It was I who let out a cry of anguish as I watched her take her last breath in vain<br />
<br />
As I gently removed my hand away from her lifeless head,<br />
there was no one to console me, <br />
as my Annie now lay dead<br />
<br />
I was all in a sob, with nowhere to hide,<br />
when outstretched arms came from nowhere, <br />
reached around by my side<br />
<br />
It was a hug from the vet, <br />
a woman whom before, <br />
I have never met<br />
<br />
she made the decision to take a minute and stay<br />
and it was that very hug, in which was the start, in helping me heal that day<br />
<br />
A woman brave enough to void what the masses do follow,<br />
broke the social norm and turned to console a stranger in sorrow<br />
<br />
For when most would turn and leave a room with just a shrug<br />
she chose compassion instead<br />
and offered a stranger her hug.<br />
<br />
I will be forever grateful.<br />
<br />
In Memory of Annie 1990-3.12.09

<p>Always a handshake first, then sense from there.</p>

<p>depends on how well i know the person. if its the first time that i met a particular individual, i shake. on the other hand, if i've had the opportunity to klnow the person, i will give them a hug.</p>

<p>If it is a friend....Then a hugg is great.....But if it is someone that I hardly know....Or have just met....Then just shake the hand......I think that now days people are getting far too familiar......takes the specialness away from the act......</p><br />
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<p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; BEAR&nbsp; HUG!!x.......................AND KISS,,,,,,,,,,ANDx..x SHAKE HANDS!!!</strong></p>

<p>If its someone I am meeting for the first time a hand shake!&nbsp;But like my best friends or family I would rather a hug than a handshake!&nbsp;</p>

<p>Hug! hand shakes can be awkward because you have to look eachother in the eye, etc.</p>

<p>I like to hug and feel someone's arms around you. It feels nice to be hugged and to hug back.</p>

<p>Close friends and people I really know.&nbsp; Other wise a smile or nice hello.</p>

I prefer to just lick the side of someone's face when I meet them.

<p>give me a hug man</p>

<p>Nether,Hugging is personal.shaking hands official.Rather give a big smile and say a loud 'HELLO"</p>

<p>depends on who it is. I&nbsp;do like hugs better though if i had to pick, cause i usually don't do hugs so i like it when the other person is like super happy to see me and hugs me. like my best friend does, she will hug me and like tackle me basically.</p>

<p>I love yo hug. But generally if i've just met a person, i tend to just go "hi" and wave..</p><br />
<p>i don't know why. Shaking hands has never really been my thing. so i just wave to be polite.</p><br />

<p>Hugs, hugs, and more hugs..yep im a hugger ;)</p>

<p>Well it depends. I have had to change the way I do things. I was brought up old school. I was taught that a man didn't shake a womans hand. He held it just for a moment or held it then kissed it. That is not the way things are. Please Ladies don't take what I just said as bad. There is no disrespect intended or anything like that. Some women are insulted by me not shaking there hand. I have had to learn as a supervisor that I can not hug or touch in anyway. I guess because of the way of the world hand shake. I like hugs better</p>

<p>I perfer the handshake you can learn alot about a person from the way they shake your hand be it male or female.&nbsp; But because I am hug resistant I have tried to hug and allowed others to hug me more often sometimes it is ok and other times I panic just a little.&nbsp; Always give women and young ladies a sideways hug to be more appropriate.</p>

<p>Business acquaintances get formal hand shakes.&nbsp; Friends and family get hugs, and how tight and long the hug depends on how I feel about them.&nbsp; If I actually hold hands with someone, they're in my innermost circle.</p>

<p>well it depends&nbsp; who it is.. I am not gonna just hug anybody but I hate shaking hands because sometimes you get the person with the sweaty hands.... YUCKY!</p>

<p>It deoends on who it is , also if they are comming at me for a hug i wont back away , heck sometimes i do both extend 1 hand to shake and the other to hug</p>

<p>Either I know you well enough that you can hug me, or else you just greet me with words.</p>

<p>I am a very touchy, feely kind of person. I love to can express so much that way. If you really like the person, the hug is more meaningful...if you don't really like the person, the hug is distant, borderline cold. I personally can tell a lot about a person by the way they hug me or respond when I hug them.</p>

<p>Both these forms of greeting are a bit mundane. The next time you are faced with 'Hug or Shake' decision why not try something different? There are a&nbsp;surprising number of alternatives available, so cast convention aside and be creative!</p><br />
<p>I find&nbsp;that rubbing noses - eskimo&nbsp;style - is&nbsp;a nice way to say 'hello'. You&nbsp;would be surprised at the different reactions that a friendly nose-rub can produce, especially from total strangers, policewomen, Mothers in Law&nbsp;and Hell's Angels.</p><br />
<p>Or take off your shoe and offer to shake feet instead of hands, you have not lived unless you have stood balanced on one leg with a shoe in your hand attempting to grip toes with the new girl at the office.</p><br />
<p>My daughter is bringing&nbsp;her new boyfiend around tomorrow and&nbsp;instead of a hug or shake, I am going to stick a pencil up my left nostril and use&nbsp;the end with the eraser&nbsp;to beat out 'Nice to meet you' in morse code on his forehead.</p><br />
<p>Now that just cannot fail to impress...........................</p><br />

<p>It depends on who the other person is...</p>

<p>I am a hugger not a shaker lol.</p>

<p>is this before or after sex?</p>

<p>Most people are pretty easy to read as to whether they'd be open to a hug or not. If they are standoffish then I just shake hands. I much prefer to hug though. You can tell a lot by how a person hugs you.</p>

<p>HUGS!!!!! HUGS!!!!&nbsp;HUGS!!!!&nbsp;i love hugs. </p>


<p>I like to shake hands...not hug hands. lol<br /><br />
For me, hugs are from the heart. Shaking hands is where you start.</p>

<p>If you're frightened of germs on the hands, do what the Chinese are said to do - bow and shake hands with themselves!</p>

<p>It depends on the person. </p><br />
<p>In general, I tend to shake men's hands, while I'm more likely to hug a woman. If I&nbsp;haven't seen the person for a while, or will not be seeing them for a time, then I am going to hug them, regardless of gender. If they seem to need a hug - they get one. </p><br />
<p>I'm not a huggy person - I&nbsp;dislike the physical contact - however, certain situations and people dictate certain types of behavior - and anything less is just plain rude. </p>

<p>Don't touch me, a verbal greeting is enough</p>

<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is nothing like a hug from those you care about. And a good strong handshake from somebody new, like when I introduce myself to somebody or we make a deal.&nbsp; If it's a week handshake there better be a good reason, like you had just squished your hand in the door, otherwise I probably won't trust what your saying. I'm kinda a good 'ole girl'.</p>

<p>hugs coz makes u feel strong and loved</p>

<p>Since I have been held so rarely these past few weeks, I go for the hug.</p>

<p>Hugs and then not often.&nbsp; Hand shaking is a disgusting action because of the germs and bacteria involved.&nbsp; I have seen people pick their nose and then shake hands with others.&nbsp; I have seen people scratching themselves and shaking people's hands.&nbsp; I have seen people digging in their mouths and wiping some kids snotty nose and then they would shake someones hand.&nbsp; It turns my stomach. I've seen someone sneeze using their hand to cover their face and turn right around a shake a persons hand.&nbsp; I've seen people blow snot holding one nostril closed and then shake someones hand.&nbsp; So many people use the bathroom and do not wash their hands afterwords and if there is some feces or whatever on their hands and you shake it, there you go.&nbsp; I do NOT ever ever shake someones hand.&nbsp; I don't kiss either. That's just as bad.</p>

<p>Definately hug!!!!!</p><br />
<p>It's more personal, and warming :)</p>

<p>shake with a dap on the back</p>

<p>I'm a hugger. It just feels better.</p>

<p>Hug for warmth!!</p>

<p>Depends, as Five fingers are not equal</p>

<p>&nbsp;Let's shake hands, I'll decide later if you are worthy of a hug.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Both...<em>simultaneously</em>. They call it "tha thug hug" round these here parts.</p>