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The Power & The Joy of Gift Giving

The Joy of Gift Giving


Christmas, at its heart, embodies the spirit of giving. It’s a time when we come together to celebrate love, kindness, and the joy of sharing with our loved ones. The act of choosing and presenting gifts becomes a beautiful expression of this spirit, symbolizing our appreciation for the people who enrich our lives.


As parents, we love to bestow gifts upon our children. Seeing the joy on their faces is our gift. Children unanimously adore receiving gifts, and isn’t it interesting how no one has to teach them how to enjoy the gifts they love and desire? Likewise, no one has to teach us how to give to our children. We love our families, so we give. Giving absolutely comes from an overflow of love from our hearts!


As we prepare for the festivities ahead, instead of letting our lists overwhelm us, let’s try to take a different approach. Let’s seek joy in the finding. Whether you’re searching for exactly the right gift, or any gift will do, take pride in what you’re giving, and that energy will be passed along as well.

Did you know that when we give and receive gifts, feel-good chemicals are released in our brains? It’s true! We experience a release of serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin — a combination that is often referred to as a “helper’s high” — because it makes us feel good!

Another emotion we often experience during a gifting exchange comes from the element of anticipation. When we get a gift, just the anticipation of receiving something positive sets off our brain’s reward system, releasing a surge of dopamine — the chemical associated with pleasure and motivation. This makes gift-giving an overwhelmingly joyful experience.

In some cases, the act of giving a gift can be just as important as the gift itself. Small gestures of kindness, such as offering a listening ear, sharing a kind word, or doing a good deed, can be just as powerful and meaningful as a physical gift.

Remember, the greatest gift is not wrapped in paper but is found in the love and connection we share with one another.

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