Psychologists, anthropologists, and economists all agree that giving gifts is a vital component of human interaction. In fact, experts say that people who do not accept or exchange gifts, may miss out on an important opportunity to connect with family and friends. The act of giving helps define and strengthen relationships. What’s more, psychologists say the significance of giving is greater for the giver, rather than the recipient.
As Harvard psychology professor, Dr. Ellen J. Langer, explained in a New York Times article, ‘“If I don’t let you give me a gift, then I’m not encouraging you to think about me and think about things I like. I am preventing you from experiencing the joy of engaging in all those activities. You do people a disservice by not giving them the gift of giving.”’ She goes on to say, ‘“Giving to others reinforces our feelings for them and makes us feel effective and caring.”’
So by all means, keep on giving. It's good for you.
Glory B's unifies all of what I love most—the earth and its natural elements like stone and wood; the creative arts, whether through the written word, or photography, or paint; and helping others to make the world a better place.