There is an air of excitement wrapped within the confines of what makes up one of the most pleasurable joys to have been ever experienced on earth. Receiving a gift, no matter what it might be, is an immense happy realisation on its own. And while the notion associated with these pretty parcels of packing have always been one very hopeful, very joyous and very celebratory indeed, it might strike sometimes as an innate desire of us humans to yield in to the lures of the material. But perhaps not so much when this delivery of the matter ends up lending us instead valuable lessons of life so much so that gifting becomes an act to pursue indeed in all its good vibes. There’s some surprising psychology attached to this very blissful experience of gifting and while the ones at the receiving end of these decked up decoratives indeed are overjoyed for obvious reasons, gifting bodes immensely well also for the one on the other end of it.
As a practice that has existed since the beginning of civilization and therefore is something intricately associated with the culture of us humans, gifting is exemplary indeed. And even when gifts can and indeed are many a times intangible showering in profusion of all things invaluable, there still is no lesser a goodness associated with gifting of things, of the materialistic nature precisely that helps in equal measures to foster indeed the bond with those we plan these gifts for. Because in gifting, we do not merely give them a token, whether it be of love, appreciation or remembrance but of virtually every strand of emotion that culminates to take the form of the gift that they receive in so much happy anticipation. In even the most simplest, humblest or equivalently the most priciest, pompous gift ever, there resides within the greater power of joy, a poignant realisation of hope, an underlying prevalence of the purest and the realest emotion perceivable by humankind. In this gesture therefore of thoughtfulness, or sometimes even of induced necessity, gifts are never given in just a singular essence of understanding. Even in presenting the kid next door with a present on his birthday due solely to the reason of having to attend the party planned by their parents, we end up still showering some speck of our feelings, feelings that are never without any emotion, any value whatsoever for the simple reason that it is in the nature of us as humans to harbour these sentiments of attachment even when perhaps in a roundabout way.
Gifting might be something we pursue without much thought as to the psychology of it, even when the gifts we choose are often based on careful considerations and thoughtful enough trials of appropriateness. But as it turns out, this sometimes confusing but essentially simple and even easy still activity accounts for the more complex intertwin of essences that humans are resident in, in all their multilinear being. Making for an important part of our interaction with others is this virtuous indeed pursual of our giving instinct that helps to nurture bonds and strengthen relationships while leading also to the fostering of new ties, in so much of an extent that those of us who chide this behavior for some reason or the other are vulnerable to losing out on important, intimate, wholesome enough connections. That should explain why cultures across the world lay so much emphasis on giving and gifting, whether it be as the larger encompassment of the spirit of festivals or the personal enough celebrations of individualistic importance. Gifting therefore has emerged to be as cultural a nature of us humans to which we are today so accustomed that it is instinctive enough a striking for many of us that gifts indeed are the best way to present our emotions.
What makes gifting a two way process despite its joy seemingly pertaining to those being the receiver is the fact that gifting is a gift in itself. Gifting is immensely self serving as well, gratifying us in our own essence steeped in awareness as gifting helps us reinforce our feelings for the one we are making the effort for. It’s almost as if in giving someone a gift, we are also allowing ourselves access to their mind for every time they come to appreciate our gesture or put that particular something in use, they will inevitably have us on their mind even if in their subconsciousness. That itself bodes well for the connection we want to build with them, as what better than the realisation of crossing someone’s mind in the most random manner of it? And while viewing gifts as a form of investment even beyond its monetary considerations might come across as offensive to those who pursue this act indeed in all genuine sincerity, it still is somewhat true that the effort made to this extent comes to acknowledge also our own devotion to it. That itself is an exemplary indeed awareness of the self, a realisation that dawns on the giver more effectively than their own, deliberate weighing of the feels. And ultimately because knowing oneself is the greatest realisation one can ever have of themselves, that is a self discovery trail we lead ourselves on through, entitling our person therefore to an awareness that indeed is the greatest possession we can ever bask in the glory of.
Less rooted in psychology and more practical reasons why gifts are treasures indeed for all are the many ways they bode for physical health. Gifting as an activity is rooted in excitement, in such positive reiterations of what we experience that it leads us to be happy even when we are the one giving it away. But even more assertive can be the emotions that wash over us when we discover the joy and excitement dawning upon the receiver. As an appreciation in fact of our effort at appreciating them, this certain pursuit in giving triggers the release of many a feel good chemicals in the brain that while is more pronounced in such cases of giving that count as charity in their definite essence of manifesting as the ‘helper’s high’ still is encountered also in the more personal spectrum of gifting. This itself leads to reduced stress as well, not to mention the gratitude earned from the receiver who is delighted indeed with your effort that helps even further in sustaining that feel good awareness. Gifting also can lower blood pressure by leading you to be less anxious and more calm and endowing you therefore with an existence more fulfilling as well. That bodes well for your longevity and to no surprise of course, because in spreading the love and good cheer you are earning yourself indeed the reward of an extended span of life with those people precious enough to you to hold in regard by spoiling them with the pleasures of gifts galore.
The act of gifting is indeed simple enough an exercise we pursue in all willingness, even when it is deemed customary at times to give away gifts. But harbouring of rather profoundness in power is this basic human nature that is enriching enough of existences to classify it as no less than any art. Gifting can be exerting as well, as in such cases when choosing the right gift isn’t the most convenient of things to do but there indeed rests luxury even in labour when it is something we do out of legit love. Gifting is an opportunity to assert and express one’s heartfelt experiences of the immensely personal, but at the same time fostering in fact the social connect that we all strive for as a species. That makes gifting a medium through which we empower ourselves in our human identity and is something that has been universally explored and eternally expressed in such adages as to give is better than to receive. Whether we gift to define our relationships, to emphasise and validate our own emotions, to pursue simply the joy of what it means to give in all free spirit, whether it be love or matter or even in the ‘innocent’ anticipation of a return gift ourselves, there indeed is no denying the many riches we are gifting ourselves through this act in gratification. And why just gifts though, giving can be as wholesome a means of indulging our own selves even when it is something even less occasional as giving a compliment. In fact, so phenomenal can be the impact entailing this generous, gigantic act in giving that even when the recipient might not be too affected by the thought that goes behind the gift the giver surely is impacted in an intriguingly wholesome manner. Wrap that thought with an instantly ‘happy’ sheet of paper and the whole gifting experience gets all the more exciting lending even this individual gift wrapping exercise working through a psychology of its own bearing! It’s like adding yet another dimension to the already layered nuances through which gifting has emerged and evolved to perhaps be one of the most enjoyable pursuits of humankind- by decking up your already thoughtful gift in a further gleam of emotions basking along the pretty indeed sprawl of the wrapping paper, you are unleashing yet another potential power of the psychological behavior that drives virtually every instinct and desire of what we are as a gifted enough species indeed!