If a girl recently initiated a hug then you might be wondering why and what it might mean about the way that she feels about you.

This post will show you a number of reasons why she might have initiated a hug and why other girls might do the same in the future.

So, what does it mean when a girl initiates a hug? It would be a sign that she is attracted to you if she only does it with you. It could also be that she considers you a friend especially if she also hugs her other friends. She might also have done it due to being sad.

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There are actually a number of things to consider and there are a number of signs that you can look for.

Why a girl will initiate a hug

Each of the different reasons why a girl will initiate a hug will likely come with a number of clues in the way that she does it and the body language that she shows.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a girl might initiate a hug, the signs to look for and the things to consider.

She is attracted to you

The reason that she initiated the hug with you could be that she is attracted to you.

This would be more likely if she only initiated a hug with you, she doesn’t hug her other friends that much, if she hugged you tighter than her other friends or if she hugged you for longer.

If she is attracted to you then it would be likely that she would show other signs of attraction when around you such as:

  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Having dilated pupils when looking at you (peoples pupils dilate when looking at a person they are attracted to)
  • Standing closer to you than she does with other people
  • Asking you the most questions
  • Mirroring your body language
  • Touching you a lot
  • Adjusting her appearance when she sees you
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are laughing
  • Laughing a lot at the things that you say
  • Pointing her feet at you (people point their feet towards people that they are attracted to)
  • Brushing her hair to the side when she sees you
  • Stroking her hair while talking to you

She considers you a friend

The reason that she initiated a hug with you could be that she considers you a friend.

This would be more likely if she also hugs her other friends in the same way and if she shows the same body language around them as she does with you.

If she does hug her friends in the same way then it could still be the case that she is attracted to you. This would be more likely if she also shows other body language signs, of attraction, around you that she does not with her other friends.

She is sad

The reason that she initiated a hug with you could be that she was sad or she thought that you were sad.

This would be more likely if she was talking to you about something that would make one of you sad or if one of you was showing signs of being sad.

She is from a culture where it is normal to hug

In many cultures, it is normal to hug people often.

If she is from one of these cultures and you notice that she tends to initiate hugs with other people a lot then it would make it more likely that she hugged you naturally.

It could be the case that she is from a culture where they hug a lot but she did it with you due to a different reason. It would help to consider how her body language is different around you compared to when she is with other people.

Consider when and where she initiated the hug

The timing and location of how she initiated the hug with you would also be a useful thing to consider.

If she hugged you while she was alone with you then it would make it more likely that she was showing attraction to you. However, it could still be the case that she did it as a friend. It would help to consider whether or not she was showing other signs of attraction and in what way she hugged you.

If she hugged you when you were with other people then it would be more likely to have been due to attraction if she only did it with you. If she also hugged the other people in the group then it would make it more likely that she did it as a friend.

Consider her normal behavior

It would also help to consider how her body language is different when she is around you.

If she shows the same body language around other people as she does with you then it would make it less likely that she hugged you due to attraction.

Whereas, if she shows different body language signs around you that suggest attraction then it would be more likely that she initiated a hug with you due to being attracted to you.

Consider how she reacts to seeing you

It would also help to consider how she reacts to seeing you when considering why she initiated a hug with you.

If she reacts to seeing you by noticeably changing her body language then it would make it more likely that she has positive feelings about you.

So, if she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Brushing her hair to the side
  • Adjusting her appearance
  • Positioning herself to be closer to you
  • Raising her eyebrows momentarily
  • Seeking eye contact with you

Look for multiple body language signs

It would also help to consider multiple body language signs at the same time.

A single body language sign can have multiple different meanings. This makes single body language signs less reliable on their own. Whereas, it would be more likely that a person would show multiple body language signs of the same thing for that specific reason.

If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people's true intentions.

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