How do you feel right now? Can you remember how you felt the last time you received an unexpected gift?
Giving makes you happy.
Research suggests that the act of giving leads to greater and more prolonged happiness for the giver. In numerous studies, scientists found that those who spent money on others, rather than choosing to spend the money on themselves, were happier, especially in the long term.
But, if you need a reason, we've collated an example of the messages that we've written on behalf of the sender, recently. Some of them really hit home..
'Well done on smashing your 'pain-in-the-arse' assignments. Now relax and enjoy these beautiful Brownies. You deserve them!'
'Congratulations to you both! We can't wait to see you and the new addition as soon as we can all get together again!'
'Happy Birthday, Nanna. We can't wait until we can celebrate with you properly. In the meantime, enjoy these Brownies.'
'I saw these and they reminded my of you.'
'Hang in there, girls. It won't be long until we can have real-life hugs again. Until then, here's a huge chocolatey hug from me!'
'Here's a little chocolate 'pick-me-up' for you. Just because.'
Money doesn't buy happiness, until you spend it on others.
There are all sorts of reasons why we give gifts. But the common factor in giving a gift is that it’s influenced by emotion. The motivation behind giving gifts is the positive feelings it creates in us and the recipients.
Giving a gift helps us to establish and define our relationships. And it can enhance the bonds with family and friends. Giving to others strengthens our feelings for the person we’re giving the gift to.
It’s often the person giving the gift who gets the biggest emotional benefit.
When you give someone a gift, you are willingly giving without expecting something in return. We enjoy the feeling of making someone feel special. It’s such a good feeling, it makes us want to give more. Giving gifts is the language of love.
Random acts of kindness and giving can often reap the most rewards. The return on such gestures is almost always greater than the effort put into it.
As Sir Winston Churchill once said:
'We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.'
So, if you're in the mood for sending someone a special something, as luck would have it, we have just the thing..