“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill
Some people say there are different and specific languages of love. Each one being particular to our own personalities and how we like to express ourselves. Definitely one of the primary ways I like to show love to the people I care about is by giving them gifts. Gift giving is my love language. That comes into play in a big way for me at this Christmas and holiday time of year.
How do I know what my love language is? One reason is because when I nail a gift by giving just the right thing, I feel on top of the world. Such as when one of my cousins was going abroad and I gave her a passport wallet and a Mophie portable charger. When choosing these gifts, I thought about what makes my life easier when I am bouncing around the world. Then I applied it to her.
COMMUNICATION AND PERSISTENCE
It takes some time, communication and persistence to be able to come up with the perfect gift. And, in the end, it is this coming into contact with and being interested in the other person that gives makes the gift a stand out. The lucky recipient can tell by the effort you put forth that you care.
GIFTING IS LIFTING
Gifting is emotionally lifting! For me, it’s a fabulous vehicle for expressing feelings. It also helps create a circle of connectedness with and acknowledgment of my nearest and dearest. It sets in motion good vibes between you and your peeps that will hopefully last until the next time you make a gift connection.
Choosing presents or painting paper for gift wrapping with my kids is one of my all-time favorite activities to do with the four of them. When we shop or craft things together, such as photo collages of us with the recipient, they are witness to how much joy I get from gift giving. Positive attracts positive, and positivism tends to be highly infectious.
Over the next few weeks, I will be publishing a series of gift guides. One “For Her,” one “For Him,” one “For the Youngsters” and, finally, one “For Parents.” Regarding this last guide, it’s often surprising what moms and dads, obviously from a different generation that your own, appreciate. My mom is totally high tech and can’t get enough electronic gadgets, for example.
CATCH THE GIVING BUG
I hope they will be useful to you during this holiday season. And also help you catch the giving bug if you haven’t already been enjoying and passing it around!1