"In the midst of holiday gift giving, I can’t help but think about the fact that often these well-intentioned gifts eventually lead to more stress, for the giver and the receiver.
As every parent has inevitably experienced at some point, the joy of material gifts fades quickly and even the most anticipated Christmas toys soon become a chore to clean up.
The average child in the developed world owns over 200 toys but only plays with 12 of them on average per day!
Even crazier? Only 3% of the world’s children live in the US, but they own 40+% of the world’s toys!
We have and consume twice as many material goods than we collectively did 50 years ago, but statistically we are much less happy.
Certainly, there is much more to why we are less happy than we used to be, but statistically, it is a contributor, and an easy one to address.
Many studies have shown that material possessions do not equal happiness and that experiences are much more intrinsically fulfilling than things. Experiences have also an uniting factor. You are more likely to bond with someone who enjoys the same hobby or activity or has traveled to the same places that you have than with someone who has a similar possession.
The anticipation leading up to a family trip, event, or experience even has the potential to provide happiness itself, making it the gift that truly keeps on giving! Happiness in the anticipation, happiness during the experience and happiness in the memories.
Beats the heck out of a pile of toys that you trip over while tucking the kids in at night!
As important as shared experiences are for adults, they are even more important for children and for healthy psychological development." //@wellnessmama
If you've read this far, here's some food for thought: 👉what is one "experience gift" that you could gift someone instead of the usual material gift?
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