The Psychology Behind the Spirit of Giving

By: Carolina Gonzales, Reporter

The Spirit of Giving and Who We Are Mentally

First off, in order to really understand what we are without the spirit of giving, we need to understand the spirit of giving itself. According to a publication by Tom Egelhoff, the spirit of giving by definition is “doing for others with no expectation of gain. It might be a gift you bought, one you made, or the gift of time or volunteer to benefit others. Giving means different things to different people and that’s how it should be. Giving is an emotion.”

The spirit of giving is buying your sibling something you know they’ve been wanting for a long time because you want them to be happy. It doesn’t always have to be materialistic, and sometimes it can even be giving your friend a hug when they really need it only for the sole purpose of making them feel better and expecting NOTHING in return in the long run. Most importantly it’s how you feel when you’re giving something. It’s you feeling great about giving or doing something because you’re causing somebody else’s happiness, you’re helping improve their day by the dozen.

Now that we come to understand what we feel and our behavior in a regular aspect when we obtain the feeling and spirit of giving, who are we when were viewing it in a psychological aspect?

Psychologically, humans are inclined to have human bonds and or contact, humans, and without human contact or connections  people can develop mental disorders, and their mental disorders often thrive on loneliness. According to Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D., and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D., “in today’s world, people continue to have a need to affiliate with others.  Indeed, the lack of such connections can lead to many problems.”

People give in various different methods, one often being gifts. With knowledge that humans thrive on human and emotional bonds with other people, people often put their feelings and emotions into giving gifts unconsciously, and this creates attachment. According to TAYO’s publication on “The History and Psychology of Gift Giving” on, “The psychology of gift giving is simple. it allows people to connect. The giver of a gift expresses their feelings and emotions by sending a gift with the hope of being able to share these with the receiver of the gift. The receiver of the gift in turn receives the feelings and emotions and with this a connection is made. Making connections with people around us gives us a sense of purpose and feeling of satisfaction. This feeling is one that enlightens the soul and brings out the best in us. There is an old saying “it is better to give than receive” and it has a special meaning especially when the realization of the benefits that it provides to those who give.”

With that being said, the spirit of giving is amazing whether if you understand it psychologically or not. So just enjoy the emotions that come from giving, and accept it as a whole this holiday season.