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WHY GIFT GIVING IS GOOD FOR YOU

Tis the season for always gift giving!

There are so many gift giving occasions throughout the year although sometimes it can be a thoughtful unexpected gift that makes the biggest impact on our ourselves & our loved ones.

Did you know gift giving can solidify and strengthen our relationships, release endorphins to make us happy and is great for improving our mental and physical wellbeing.

We are not saying material “stuff” can buy you happiness. Sometimes the more you spend can seem less personal & put stress on the receiver that they have to reciprocate a gift of that value.

“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.” – Pierre Corneille

If you have ever heard of the 5 love languages, we receive love in all different ways sometimes giving doesn’t mean in a physical gift but in physical touch, quality time, act of service & words of affirmation.

Here we explain 4 ways gift giving is good for YOU

 

HAPPINESS 

Did you know that gift giving can release “feel good” chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine & oxytocin. This behaviour also releases endorphins which produce the positive feeling known as the “helpers high.”

Studies have shown that watching a loved one or friend receive your gift can release the same euphoric feelings we feel after exercise or when we’re falling in love.

“It’s not how much you give, but how much LOVE you put into giving” Mother Teresa

 

GRATITUDE

Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end of a gift, that gift can create feelings of gratitude. It can be a way of expressing gratitude or instilling gratitude in the recipient. Research has found that gratitude is integral to happiness, health & social bonds.

Recognising and expressing gratitude boosts positivity and can cause individuals to exercise more, be more optimistic and feel better about their lives overall.

Get out and do something nice for someone during this season of giving. Not only will it add some cheer to their holidays, but you may be surprised by the benefits you reap in return.

 

A little gift giving could jumpstart a ripple effect of generosity through your community and leave you feeling happier and healthier than ever.

“No one has ever become poor by giving” Anne Frank

 

 

STRONGER CONNECTIONS

Studies have shown that that giving a good or thoughtful gift can successfully strengthen and maintain our relationships. It’s a nonverbal way of showing one’s appreciation and gratitude and these actions can rebound onto the one giving the gift.

A thoughtful gift can also lessen the distance between friends and reinforce those bonds.

When you give to others, your generosity is often continued down the line to someone else or returned to you. This strengthens our ties to each other.

Giving is contagious. When one person gives, it inspires other to do the same.

“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get but what we give” Ben Carson

 

MENTAL & PHYSICAL WELLBEING

Stress is the catalyst for many known health issues.

People who help & give to others within their family, friends & community have greater self-esteem, less depression & lower stress levels. It also has been proven to decrease blood pressure and lower anxiety. This reduction promotes longer life and better health.

 

At Hampers to Go we pride ourselves on creating small memorable moments helping those customise or choose hampers perfectly tailored to them insuring a thoughtful and safe delivery.

We have a delicious range of locally sourced products that will work for any occasion.

Come in-store, order online or pop into our store to pick up some great gifts to give to your loved ones.

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