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Christmas is approaching on the horizon and with it comes the time to start thinking about what presents we need to buy for our families/friends/co-workers. We all know how great the feeling of receiving a gift can be, but think about how you feel when you’re the one giving the gift?
We may feel joy seeing the recipient’s reaction or feel loved when the recipient expresses gratitude. We sometimes feel a vague satisfaction knowing that we’ve done something good. Not only are all these feelings great, but there are scientifically proven benefits to gift giving.
Gift giving is an important part of human psychology. From improving mental health to increasing happiness and lifespan, acts of kindness and gift giving are important for many different reasons.
Think about all the times we’ve complained about stress, anxiety, and a lack of happiness in our lives. We’ve all felt those low and unpleasant emotions and wondered what we can do to cheer ourselves up. If adding acts of kindness into our daily routines can help all these things, it could be a great first step towards making a real change in our lives.
One particularly relevant study comes from the University of British Columbia.
In this study, highly anxious individuals started incorporating 6 acts of kindness into their week. One month in, the findings spoke for themselves. Increases in positive moods, relationship satisfaction, and decreases in social avoidance from socially anxious individuals.
We may not think of gift giving as a particularly complex human behavior, but this New York Times article elucidates the psychological role and impact of giving gifts:
“Gift giving is a surprisingly complex and important part of human interaction, helping to define relationships and strengthen bonds with family and friends. Indeed, psychologists say it is often the giver, rather than the recipient, who reaps the biggest psychological gains from a gift.”
Their findings suggest that not only is gifting beneficial, but it’s an intrinsic human tendency that serves a distinct psychological and evolutionary purpose. Interestingly, they also found some gender differences in gift giving, even at a young age, suggesting societal tendencies and attitudes towards gift giving are deeply ingrained.
Kindness has been shown to increase self-esteem, empathy and compassion, and improve mood. It can decrease blood pressure and cortisol, a stress hormone, which directly impacts stress levels. People who give of themselves in a balanced way also tend to be healthier and live longer. Kindness can increase your sense of connectivity with others, which can directly impact loneliness, improve low mood and enhance relationships in general. It also can be contagious. Looking for ways to show kindness can give you a focus activity, especially if you tend to be anxious or stressed in some social situations.
One surprising find from Harvard Health is the role of self-kindness in gift giving. One of the biggest barriers to acts of kindness towards others is the detriment of self-criticism or self-image. People who don’t think they are worth receiving a gift often struggle with accepting gifts, giving gifts, and the concept of gifting in general.
Now that we’ve established the importance of gifting and kindness, you might already be wondering about what you should buy for your various loved ones, so let us give a few ideas! Remember that all the products here listed can be bought on this website!
Create the perfect seasonal atmosphere and fill your home with festive fragrance, this gift set comes with three joyful aromatherapy diffuser blends from Tisserand.
Tisserand Essential Oils have brought to you four most popular wellbeing blends: Total De-Stress, Real Calm, Happiness and Christmas Holiday Spice!
Family, Friends, Loved Ones, You! Choose the gift of me-time for a special day or just everyday! Trilogy gift sets are certified natural, cruelty-free and sustainably produced skincare in reusable gift boxes and cotton bags for hassle-free gift-giving.
Trilogy is offering a wide range of gorgeous Gift sets crafter for a variety of skin types, ranging from Daily Essential Gift Set, Hydration Heroes, Rosehip-It-up Set, Evening Prep Collection Gift and Your Vitamin C sampler pack.
The Trilogy Christmas 2021 gift sets are ideal for Christmas gifting and will bring joy to any skincare lover. Buy your loved ones the gift of Trilogy this holiday season or simply stock up on your favourite Trilogy products (like the Certified Organic Rosehip Oil or Hydrating Mist Toner) with huge savings!
Dr. Bronner’s products are good for the body and planet! They not only have organically sourced ingredients, they are all natural and fair trade!
The Sugar Soaps are a rich caramel color and sweet scent. The sugar combines with organic white grape juice to keep your skin nourished, hydrated and smooth. 4-in-1 Sugar Soaps are good for washing hands, face, body & hair & place by your sink or in the shower! To wash hair work one pump of Organic Pump Soap into wet hair until it lathers, then rub and rinse. Repeat for thicker or longer hair.
The Organic Shaving Soaps are great for both men and women. Squirt a little bit of Shaving Soap onto your hands (about the size of a nickel) and rub them together for a good lather. Apply to face-underarms-legs and continue to rub soap into skin and hair, enhancing the lather and preparing skin for a good, clean shave. Works best right out of the shower - when skin is moist and hairs are soft!
The perfect gift to give anyone! Dr. Bronner’s Organic Soaps come in amazing scents and you can mix and match the scents according to your preference.
The Christmas countdown can be stressful; so by the time you’ve finished with countless hours of planning, sleuthing and organising, it can be easy to forget about the smaller presents you need to buy. Luckily, instead of stressing over ideas of Christmas presents for everyone, Dr. Bronner’s provides the perfect ‘all-one’ stocking filler solution, saving both time and money, no matter who you’re shopping for!
Not only gift sets, but Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balms, Hand Hygiene Spray, and Pure Castile Bar Soaps make the perfetc stocking fillers for last minute shopping. Available in various flavours you can choose from your favourite scent and fill your house this Christmas.