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The meaning of giving

Do you like to give away? The fact of giving dates back to antiquity, and today it continues to contain backgrounds that psychology allows us to discover.

Did you know that when a gift is given, relationships are unconsciously improved and strengthened? On a communicative level, a gift arranges and places the recipient in a position of receptivity, in turn generating joy, as well as the fact of feeling valuable and appreciated.

Give and take

It is important to think about the person, their tastes, remember what makes them happy, their special interests. Beyond the price of the gift. You have to keep in mind that It's not the quantity but the quality. what will be resonating in the person who receives it. The person who receives a special gift will feel valuable and happy that they thought of her, there was a special concern, time and dedication.


However, a gift is usually more positive for the person who gives it, as it generates happiness and well-being, according to the "Journal of Experimental."

Other aspects to take into account, from the psychology of the gift are:

  • Put yourself in the other's shoes to generate empathy through the gift that will be given to you at the time.
  • Being creative and original, especially if the gifts are personalized, will have a greater and better impact.
  • Take the time to choose a good gift.
  • Choose the ideal moment to deliver the gift.

Some studies regarding the gift

Studies in the British community report that 84% of women give gifts, compared to 15% of men. But in this case men are more detailed when it comes to making a gift, looking at the price, design and meaning. It may be that the statistics in our country are different.

The network of psychologists points out that through the gift, others are encouraged to socialize. The fact of giving a gift is indicative that the other person is thought of and this is an opportunity to strengthen relationships, says Margaret Rooker, psychologist. Rooker, a specialist from the University of California, also specified that when giving gifts, men pay more attention to the price and appearance of the gift, while women focus more on the affective meaning of the gift. As for the feelings for the other; respect and interest, in addition to the fact of caring for that person, are embodied in a gift.

For young and old, the joy of the gift is indisputable , but when is that excitement greater or less? Will it be at the moment of giving or receiving the gift? Let us see below what science has reflected in various scenarios and groups of study.

What happens when we give away? And what happens when we receive a present?

According to science, the right brain hemisphere is activated when giving a gift to the person you appreciate. The right cerebral hemisphere is associated with generosity, thus creating a state of well-being in the gift giver. Likewise, regarding the act of giving gifts, Elizabeth Dwun carried out studies where it was deduced that adults were happier when they spent their money on others than on themselves, and above all, she reflected that at parties they wanted to connect with the hubbub regarding the celebration of Three Kings Day and the visit of Santa Claus or Santa Claus, that is why they decided to give gifts.

While the Plos One study suggested that even children were happier giving their treats to other children in the same group than receiving them. That same study highlighted that The happiness that is appreciated in those who receive a gift satisfies the person who provides it , and for this reason the act of giving is repeated.

On the other hand, in an exchange of gifts, scientific studies indicate that the brain is suspicious in the first place, but trust is generated during the act of giving. Meanwhile, the Oxford Institute of Neuroscience found that endorphins – neurotransmitters – that promote well-being, are generated when the person buys new things or receives them.



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