Hugs and cuddles
Often underrated and misunderstood, hugs (especially big hugs) and cuddles are two of the most natural ways to express our friendship, and show closeness and affection. Cuddling, particularly, can also lower blood pressure and heart rate, reduce fear and anxiety, and reduce stress. What's not to like?!
Whether between mates or partners, it's often best enjoyed and appreciated as a stand-alone activity without ulterior motives or hidden agendas.
Be mindful that cuddling can be interpreted as an exploratory step between 'friends', or a prelude to sex (though cuddling can be a big turn off if sex is always the end game). We can also get carried away, particularly if we misread signals.
There is more about hugs and cuddles and sex here: Hugs and cuddles | MEN R US (SEX)
Sometimes we just like to be held by another guy, or to hold a guy. It's an instant mood boost, can dispense with words, and help us feel better about each other and ourselves.
So, make your intentions clear such as a touch on the arm rather than a hand on his crotch, or a gentle rub on his shoulder rather than finger tips snaking down to his arse crack. If you're all loved up with a new guy in your life, lots of cuddles add an important dimension to your relationship, helping develop feelings of intimacy, confidence and trust.
Can I Cuddle Hold You | All About Strength | 11 Dec 2015 | 2m28s
How to Give Amazing F*cking Hugs! | Davey Wavey | 14 Apr 2014 | 2m16s
First Gay Hug (Extras) | The Gay Women's Project | 16 Apr 2014 | 2m20s
Ellen Hugs Lesbian from Audience | RainbowlLove74 | 16 Mar 2011 | 1m49s
Free Hugs Campaign | 22 Sep 2006 | 3m39s