I think that one reason I’ve been depressed this Christmas season is that for a variety of reasons I haven’t been able to give presents. I’ve come to realize that for me, it isn’t what I got, but what I gave. Especially if I put a certain amount of effort into finding or making a unique gift. In this season, where far too much emphasis is placed on the getting rather than the giving.
Yet it’s the giving that’s important. There must be some reason that people make sacrifices to give stuff away. I think that the sacrifice part is key to understanding why we work so hard to give.
Giving feels good. This is fundamental. When we voluntarily give of ourselves we feel good about doing it. This is why people give to charities, or volunteer. It’s not guilt that gets us to give, it’s the endorphins we get…
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