1. Begin by asking permission to hug and then initiate the hug with open eye contact. This communicates to the receiver the spirit in which the hug is being given.
2. Be present during the hug. Even if the hug is only for three seconds, devote your total energy and focus on the person you are hugging.
3. Be gentle.
4. When you finish the hug and are pulling away, make eye contact again.