For most of us, the gifts we hoped for as children were very different than the ones we hope for as adults. The stuff on our lists would make a 6-year-old die of boredom: a warm sweater, new underwear, maybe some dishes or a new book. But despite knowing how humdrum the average grownup wish list is, most of us search for something different and exciting to give our friends, parents, and siblings in hopes of wowing them when they open their presents. If you've ever gotten a flashy gift when you really just wanted socks, you'll be familiar with this phenomenon. Why do we do this? According to a study published in Psychological Science, it's because we get more pleasure out of the surprise and delight we see on their faces than we do from the satisfaction our gifts give them in the long run.
It's Not You, It's Me
Written by Kelsey Donk December 16, 2019
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