July 29, 2013

Happiness and Gifting

When was the last time you gave someone a gift?  Or did something really helpful for someone?  You felt good doing it, didn’t you?  Whether you’re giving your daughter that scarf you saw her eyeing or if you’re babysitting for your overwhelmed friend while he gets out of the house, giving someone a gift makes us feel happy.  Knowing that we’ve contributed to another person’s life in a positive way is uplifting.  The great thing is, it doesn’t have to do with recognition and getting credit.  When we give a gift anonymously we feel good.  Furthermore, you feel good before you do it (anticipatory excitement) and for a while afterward (satisfaction).  Imagine how those minutes of happiness would add up if you gave a gift – doesn’t have to be huge – every day!


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