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Tis the Season to be Giving

It’s that time of the year again, when everyone is starting to think about who to buy gifts for.  If your tradition has always been to buy gifts for your friends, family, and colleagues, how about starting a new tradition of giving more from the heart and less from the wallet?
Ways you can give from the heart:
Time—to be fully present with the people you care about could be more meaningful than the cost or time it took you to get the gift for them. Think of an activity or place that will help you generate a ton of fond memories with the people you cherish.
Energy—Make gifts for your friends and family instead of buying them. Homemade gifts hold sentimental value for both the giver and the receiver and will be more cherished.
Giving gifts of time and energy will help you stay focus on the spirit of generosity and save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. A lot of us spend more money than needed in order to try and make the people we care about happy. But the reality is, if people continue to associate spending with happiness, people will start to lose touch with generating happiness from within. Checkout The Psychology of Materialism, And Why It’s Making You Unhappy for more details.
This year, save your wallet and yourself from Christmas debt and refocus on the things that are really important in life—relationships. At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts.  Don’t forget, you yourself is a valuable gift to the world and a gift worth sharing in and of itself!
Checkout: How to deal with Holiday Debt if you find yourself already going overboard with your spending.
What kind of personal gifts have you gotten over the years and still continue to keep?  Comment below.