Mental Health Benefits of Gift Giving


As we get older, we tend to get less social. It makes sense: when you’re younger and have fewer responsibilities, it’s easier to be around people. But gift-giving is a great way to stay social while also building your mental health.

Emotional Benefits

You may be surprised to learn that gift-giving is a form of altruism. In and of itself, this doesn’t sound like something that would have health benefits: being altruistic would seem to require giving up something of yourself in order to help someone else. But research suggests that this is not the case; rather, giving gifts can actually make you feel better about yourself.

Taking part in an act of altruism can boost your self-esteem—and feeling good about yourself can lead you to want to do more good deeds. This positive cycle reinforces itself over time until it becomes a habit. As you continue helping others, your desire grows even stronger as does your ability to empathize with others’ needs, making it easier for you to give again and again without expectation of reward.

Helping others

  • Helping others is a great way to improve your own mental health.
  • It’s one of the most effective ways to give back to your community.
  • You can help someone in need by giving a gift that they might not be able to afford on their own.
  • Even if you don’t have a lot of money, there are other ways that you can make someone’s day better by giving them something useful or meaningful as a gift.

Gift-giving has multiple benefits to your mental health that you can enjoy all year long.

Gifts can be more than just things you buy and give to others. They’re also a way to express your love, gratitude, and appreciation for them. This is especially true if you know that person well or spend a lot of time with them. Giving gifts helps us build relationships with others in our lives because it shows how much we care about them.

It’s not just about giving someone a gift either—it’s also about receiving one! Receiving an unexpected gift can make someone feel special and cared for the moment they open it up.


Considering the emotional benefits of giving gifts, it’s easy to see why so many people love this time of year. It’s a great way to show someone how much you care about them and make them feel good. When processing our emotions in therapy, it’s helpful to also process the gifts we have received or given and the impact it has had on our own mental health. Gift-giving can also be an important part of helping others in need. When we think about what we want and give those things away freely, we are doing our part as humans to make this world a better place

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