Why? Multiple research studies show gift giving is good for our happiness, health and social connection. Perhaps best of all, gift giving is contagious.
Jenny: One of the most important "people" in my life is my dog, Daisy. She is a cuddly nurturer who always makes me smile. In a spoiling type of mood, I bought her the most adorable stuffed lamb toy as a little token of my appreciation. She loves the lamb to death and it hasn't left her side. While I'm a bit concerned that she thinks the lamb is her puppy, I love seeing her happy. It's so important to let others know how much they mean to us, even if it's with something as simple as a stuffed lamb.
Roaen: Buying gifts for close friends and loved ones is sometimes difficult for me. One would think it's easier because of the additional knowledge of that person. On the contrary, when I shop for someone close to me, it's difficult because of all the different options, possibilities, etc. Should I get my mom a gadget? She'd love this app, but that's not grand enough. Maybe some shoes? No, she'd want to try those on herself. The list goes on. In the end, I realized that like always, I was over-thinking the process. I decided to keep it simple and thoughtful. Lesson learned.
Erin: My friend Kristen and I have been friends since kindergarten, which is a fact I didn't really appreciate until we got older. Today was her 29th birthday, and to celebrate, a bunch of us played zombie laser tag. We all paid for her admission as a birthday gift plus drinks, dinner, etc. Zombie laser tag is laser tag except with actors you've hired to act as zombies throughout the experience. It was exhilarating and terrifying.
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