He hugged her, constantly smiled at her, and he stood up and told off the kids who were being mean to her.
I'm not saying that angry, abusive, and dangerous teenagers just need to be hugged.
He came over to where his son was sitting, he approached him, hugged him, whispered in his ear.
1560s, hugge "to embrace," of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Norse hugga "to comfort," from hugr "courage, mood," from Proto-Germanic *hugjan, related to Old English hycgan "to think, consider," Gothic hugs "mind, soul, thought." Other have noted the similarity in some senses to German hegen "to foster, cherish," originally "to enclose with a hedge." Related: Hugged; hugging. The noun was originally (1610s) a hold in wrestling. Meaning "affectionate embrace" is from 1650s.