There are some people out there that enjoy the act of giving gifts to loved ones as much as, if not more than, receiving them. If you are one of these people then you will no doubt love Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day etc. that happen throughout the year.
This feeling, one of being generous, is actually something that has been shown by science to make you happier. If you think about this for a minute, it kind of makes sense. What makes you feel better? Buying yourself a fancy pair of shoes or buying a sweatshirt for your best friend that you know they will absolutely love.
Being generous is embedded in your DNA
As a human, you are naturally community and social minded. After all, you live with other people, eat with them, and work alongside them for the great majority of every day. Part of the attraction to this is that you get to look after them. Sharing things with others, whether that be knowledge or food, goes to show us humans are inherently generous.
The famous scientist Charles Darwin once said that those “communities which included the greatest number of the most sympathetic members would flourish best.” What he means by this is that human generosity is one of the reasons why our species has continued to expand and really thrive. If humans were inherently selfish then not sharing with one another would likely have been the cause of our extinction many years ago.
Giving releases endorphins
Science has shown that human brains are hard wired so that they get pleasure from giving gifts to others. Numerous different studies have shown that we feel much better by spending money on other people rather than spending it on yourself. The look that you see on the person’s face as they open a gift actually provides you with a psychological impact that starts the release of endorphins into your brain, giving you a feeling of euphoria and pleasure. This is similar to the really good feeling that you experience when falling in love or after completing a tough physical workout.
Gifts not only maintain but improve relationships
The science has also shown that a good gift can help to both build and strengthen a relationship with a loved one. This is especially true for a gift or gifts that come with a meaning behind them. For example, if your other half has had a particularly troublesome week at work, you may want to buy them a gift to cheer them up. Not only will they most likely appreciate the gift itself, as well as the meaning behind it, i.e. an attempt to cheer them up. Doing this will also have the same effect on yourself also.
Buying gifts for others is something that is not hard or difficult and is something that you can enjoy doing regardless of what your budget is. Giving the smallest of gifts really can make you feel good.