I love a good hug. Give me all the hugs. Nevermind your brief body contact and pat on the back, if you’re going to hug then HUG dammit :)
I had two lovely hugs from a friend lately - a hello hug and a goodbye hug. I hadn’t seen this friend in a while and was really happy to see him when we met unexpectedly. The hugs said it all - I’m happy to see you and I wish you the best until the next time we meet. I felt the mutual happiness in those hugs.
Hugs just spread joy (see below photographs for evidence). In this disconnected world, it’s good to reach out to a friend/family member/pet and hug them. You will both walk away happier.
“There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart,
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part....”
- Johnny Ray Ryder, Jr., "A Simple Hug"