We all know the satisfying feeling of finding the perfect gift for a loved one. It is this feeling that captures the essence of the holiday season and shows that generosity offers just as much to the giver as it does to the receiver.
Unfortunately, pressure to plan, prepare for and attend parties along with a serious case of FOMS (Fear of Missing Sales) can quickly take the sizzle out of the season of giving.
Luckily, there is real science behind the benefits of giving and recent research indicates extended well-being from performing selfless acts. Scientists believe we are hardwired for giving, as strengthening social bonds helped humans survive early on in our development. One study even demonstrated higher levels of the hormone oxytocin in people who practice regular acts of giving such as volunteering their time.
With that in mind, here are some ways you can maximize the positive effects of giving this season and minimize the stress of the holidays:
- Make it a family affair. Charitable giving can increase the overall happiness of a family. Making giving a year-round habit in your family can help promote family unity and overall satisfaction.
- Give more frequently. You don’t have to give large gifts to experience the benefits of giving. Small acts of generosity and kindness on a frequent basis go a long way toward promoting your overall well-being. And a smile is always free! Speaking of which…
- Smile, it’s an instant mood booster. And in fact, studies have shown specific regions in the brain are activated when the “giving” emotions: compassion and empathy are felt. These emotions are sometimes called the “happiness high.”
- Focus on gratitude. Gratitude and giving fit nicely together. When you can take a moment to take your mind off the “have to’s” and let yourself focus on what and who you are grateful for, the desire to give comes from a natural place.
At Glen Ivy, we get to see the benefits of giving play out every day whether it be a gift for mom, a special day for the bride-to-be or a surprise getaway for a couple. One thing we always notice: the recipient seems to enjoy the shared experience as much as the pampering. No wonder we are always smiling, we get to see gratitude and giving in action every day!
Give the gift of well-being to those you are most grateful for with one of our spa gift cards good for anything at our resort.