How To Tell If A Hug Is Meaningful, According To Science

January 26, 2018

Often times hugs are either really awesome, or really awkward, and a new study has determined the telltale signs that a hug is genuine.

Researchers in Germany analyzed thousands of hugs and found that leaning to your left when you hug means it’s more heartfelt than when you lean to the right. The reason is the right side of our brain controls emotions and the left side of our body, so when we’re feeling strong emotions toward another person we’re naturally inclined to lean to our left when hugging them.

And that’s just another reason why nonverbal communication is so important; your body language accounts for 55% of the message you’re giving someone, compared to only 7% from your words.