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Giving During the Holidays Makes Us Happier

September 6, 2006

For many, an important part of the holiday season is on giving and receiving gifts. The giving in particular can be a significant source of stress…the financial cost, braving the stores, the desire to please others in our lives. However, there is another side to giving. Research shows that giving actually promotes a sense of well-being, self-worth, relaxation, and gratitude for having the ability to do so. In addition, creative giving allows for self-expression beyond brightly wrapped boxes. The gift of time to loved ones and those in need, volunteering in the community, or just giving compliments can be the best present of all. What gifts are you most excited about giving this year?

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