Gift giving has long been a favorite subject for studies on human behavior. Researchers have found that giving gifts is a surprisingly complex and important part of human interaction, helping to define relationships and strengthen bonds with family and friends.
- Psychologists say it is often the giver, rather than the recipient, who reaps the biggest psychological gains from a gift! Giving to others reinforces our feelings for them and makes us feel effective and caring.
- People who refuse to accept or exchange gifts during the Festivals may be missing out on an important connection with family and friends. “Who is on your gift list is telling you who is important in your life, It says who is more important and who is less important."
- Researchers believe evolutionary forces may have favored gift giving. Men who were the most generous may have had the most reproductive success with women. While Women who were skilled at giving be it extra food or a well-fitted pelt helped sustain the family provider as well as her children.
- A gift says a lot about who receives it, but also about who gives it. For example, if you are concerned about recycling, think about Recyclable Gifts or Biodegradable Gifts. Supporting local and small business is also a good way to show you care about your country and its economy.