Date: 08 Nov 2020
WHY GIFT GIVINGS MAKES US HAPPY
Are you one of those people who love giving a gift as much as receiving them? Spending money on others is a gift not only to the recipient but also to you as the person doing the giving. Engaging in acts of generosity is scientifically proven to make us happier. Think about it. What would make you happier - Would you feel better buying a whole cake and devouring it alone or sharing it with others? Based on the anecdotal evidence it would appear that sharing is in fact caring and giving gifts can make us happier. But what exactly is the science behind generosity?
GIVING PRODUCES ENDORPHINS (and endorphins make us happy)
Neurologists suggest that our brains are wired to derive pleasure from giving. Studies have actually found quantitative evidence that we feel a greater sense of happiness when spending money on others as opposed to when we spend the money on ourselves. The look on the recipient’s face when they open their gift provides a psychological lift to other person and triggers the release endorphins into their brain, producing the same euphoric feelings of pleasure and joy we can experience after a tough workout or when we’re falling in love.
A GOOD PRESENT CAN MANTAIN AND EVEN IMPROVE A RELATIONSHIP
Studies have proposed that a thoughtful and well-timed gift can strengthen and develop your connection with another person. A gift that carries meaning between two people (yes, it is the thought that counts) can be a non-verbal way for one person to express their feelings and appreciation towards the gift’s recipient. Chances are this small act of generosity would both lift your spirits and leave you well assured that your partner is definitely a keeper.
Some people might grumble that they don’t like giving gifts. They generally seem to think that other people are too difficult to shop for or it’s just too much work, it’s too expensive or too much pressure. But really, it’s not that hard. A small thoughtful gift can be priceless. Gifts don’t make us happy because they were lavish grand gestures or excessively expensive, they make us happy because they allow us to connect with someone we care about.