Gift giving has long been a favorite subject for studies on human behavior, with psychologists, anthropologists, economists and marketers all weighing in. They 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. Indeed, psychologists say it is often the giver, rather than the recipient, who reaps the biggest psychological gains from a gift.
People who refuse to accept or exchange gifts during the holidays, these experts say, may be missing out on an important connection with family and friends.
But the biggest effect of gift giving may be on ourselves. Giving to others reinforces our feelings for them and makes us feel effective and caring.
We all can probably agree that we can be frustrated by crowds, traffic and commercialism, people can be tempted at this time of year to opt out of gift giving altogether. A 2005 survey showed that four out of five Americans think the holidays are too materialistic. But while it’s reasonable to cut back on spending during the holidays, psychologists say that banning the gift exchange with loved ones is not the best solution.
There is a building global movement to increase exposure and to build support for nonprofit organization’s philanthropic activities, especially during the holiday giving season. Just as the retail world had benefitted from coordinating national shopping days across many brands and platforms #GivingTuesday is doing the same for GIVING. #GivingTuesday as an event to be observed on the First Tuesday after Thanksgiving. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we shop for gifts to give TO PEOPLE we care about. #GivingTuesday inspires us to give TO CAUSES that we care about. But, #GivingTuesday is not the only time or way to give gifts with a Purpose.
Have you considered looking for a meaningful option to your gift giving habits? Are you looking for a unique gift that can make a lasting difference? Many Non-profit organizations have designed the perfect way to buy meaningful gifts for loved ones and can be accessed through their websites. You can Choose to give to any of these organizations as an alternative to your typical holiday gifts. Hospice of Northwest Michigan’s Gifts with a Purpose can be accessed at: https://hospiceassist.org/shop/
Or…you can still participate in the Lights of Love Event. This event was created as a way to keep ALL those we hold dear in our thoughts and as a part of our Holiday Celebrations. Ornaments can still be purchased & personalized and lights can still be sponsored. Print off the attached link and Hospice of Northwest Michigan will take care of the rest.
The tree will remain lit and present in East Park, Charlevoix until January 2 and then Ornaments can be picked up at the Hospice of Northwest Michigan office until January 31.
We have a choice in everything we do. Why not choose to enhance the holiday giving experience with a new philanthropic perspective that keeps on giving right here in our own community. Choose to support these causes that support you when you need them, and ensure that they are still around when you do.