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Nothing New - Just Because

In the last Nothing New I talked about why we give gifts this time of year and how to make it a bearable task. Today I want to focus on the benefits of gift-giving, as well as receiving. An important thing to consider is that the benefits of giving gifts occur even when you give someone something “just because,” a random act of kindness, if you will. We don’t have to give gifts only for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or milestone events like a graduation or baby shower. When we gift others, so many good things happen for the giver and receiver.

Giving/receiving gifts creates stronger connections. Thoughtful gifts build trust and a feeling of being linked to someone else, even if there is a great distance between you.

Giving gifts releases all those feel-good chemicals in your brain. Serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine (oh, my!) are fired when you just watch someone’s face light up when they receive a gift from you.

You’ll have more confidence. Because you’re building connections and feeling happier when you give gifts, your confidence and feelings of self-worth will grow more than people who don’t gift others. And the same goes for the receiver because you will feel seen and appreciated.

All of the above help to reduce anxiety. We know that physical and mental well-being are connected. So gifters/receivers will enjoy lower stress and blood pressure. Hey-that could extend your life a bit!

Giving and receiving gifts fills us with gratitude. The receiver is obviously thankful for the thoughtfulness of the giver; but watching the receiver’s positive response also stirs feelings of appreciation.

So go ahead and spread the love! This is nothing new; it’s not rocket science. Do something kind and thoughtful for family, friends, or strangers - the ripple effects of you doing this just keeps on spreading!

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