You know that little happy dance you do when you find that perfect gift for someone?
It’s that mix of “She is gonna LOVE it!” and “I wish her birthday would hurry up and get here!!!”
When the person finally opens the gift, it’s like a confetti blast of happiness rains down—on both of you. The person is delighted with the gift and feels warmly towards you and your thoughtful gesture. You feel great because your gift was such a hit and because you made someone special very happy.
Want to extract even more warm sentiments from the scenario above? Tell others!
Here’s why sharing your gift ideas can make you 23% happier:
NUMBER 1: SHARING IS CARING
When you take the time to share a positive story or useful information with someone, it demonstrates you care. Right now, there’s someone aimlessly wandering around the mall in search of a gift. YOUR gift idea might save that person from another hour of wasted time. Plus, the person on the receiving end of that gift will reap the benefits.
NUMBER 2: YOU’RE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR YOUR CHILDREN
While parents try to teach kids many things, some of the most important lessons learned are the ones they observe. Our gift giving examples teach children the joy of giving; how much we value the special people in our life; and how investments of our time and money in someone else’s happiness can have huge returns.
NUMBER 3: OTHERS WILL BE MORE LIKELY TO WANT TO HELP YOU
Research has proven that when we help others, they are more likely to want to help us. Your sharing of a gift idea today means others will be more likely to tell you about their next awesome gift exchange.
NUMBER 4: PROVIDES THE CHANCE TO CONNECT MORE DEEPLY
When you share a great gift idea, people better understand what matters to you. It also provides an opening for them to share a story of their own. Though ‘what’ we gave is nice to know, the ‘why’ we gave it and ‘how’ it made the person feel are much more interesting.
NUMBER 5: YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO RECEIVE GREAT GIFTS FROM OTHERS
If you share great ideas with others, people will realize that meaningful gift giving is something that matters to you. As a result, these same people will likely put more effort into finding a great gift for YOU.
So when you share your gift ideas, does your happiness increase by 10%? 20%? Even more? It’s hard quantify, but I think Leonard Nimoy captured it nicely when he said:
“The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have.”
Go be miraculous: gift, share and enjoy!
Got a great gift idea you’d like to share? Please post a comment below or here.