Giving gifts is a wonderful practice. It’s always fun to see someone react to the perfect present. You can’t help smiling when a gift has been a success. Yet, more than that, a generous spirit is good for the soul.
The truth is, there are many reasons to give gifts: Generosity lifts your spirit, your mind and your relationships. It forges bonds and improves connections. When investing in meaningful gifts for friends and family, you not only help them, but you also help yourself. To prove it, here are a few key advantages this practice offers you:
- A boost of endorphins. If you’ve ever seen someone’s face light up after opening a gift you gave, you know the joy of meaningful gifts. At least part of the reason behind that joy could be endorphins. Our brains are wired to find pleasure in giving to one another. Those endorphins mimic the feelings we experience when we’re falling in love, snuggling a newborn or celebrating the completion of a tough workout. If you want a mood-booster, try giving!
- Stronger connections. Thoughtful gifts can lessen the distance between faraway friends and reinforce bonds for those who are near. Why? Gifts demonstrate love and affection in a way that strengthens relationships. You feel closer to someone when giving him or her a gift. Likewise, the recipient feels more linked to you. When you want to enjoy the emotional benefits of strong connections and friendships, try giving someone a present. It shows him or her that you’re linked in relationship.
- Reduced stress and anxiety. There is a strong and undeniable connection between physical and mental well-being. As such, when you give to someone else and it lifts your mood, this can lower stress. You’re happier, calmer and, by extension, less stressed or anxious.
- Lower blood pressure. Looking at the benefits already listed, is it any wonder research shows there’s also a link between generosity and lowered blood pressure? It only makes sense. By supporting others, a person often gains more self-esteem and social support — leading to a lower, healthier blood pressure.
Whether you’re talking about a spouse, parent, neighbor or friend, anyone can appreciate a thoughtful gift. When considering all the personal reasons to give gifts, how can you resist? Not only can you help and/or remind someone of how much he or she means to you, but you also get to feel happier and healthier as a result. That’s why — if you have the chance to drop off a meal, buy a present or give someone emotional support sometime soon — it makes sense to do it.
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