Mindful Gift Giving & Receiving Gratefully To Help You Enjoy The Holidays
By: Cheryl Schwartz, LCSW, CRC
You’re thinking about the holiday dinner, the guests who will be staying a few days in the extra room, the gifts you haven’t bought yet. And it’s all coming up – soon! It’s easy to get caught in the hustle of the season and not be mindful of the things that might make the best memories.
Gift giving and receiving is part of the holidays, and it’s important to concentrate on that part of the tradition. Mindfulness reminds you of what you already know: take care to select a gift that is meaningful to the person you give it to, and receive a gift graciously and with thanks. A special gift is not about the cost; it reflects thought, consideration and a bond between two people. Allow yourself to slow down (as much as possible) and reflect. Be grateful for the opportunity to give and to receive.
Gifts aren’t supposed to be the only focus of the holidays, but it’s OK to admit that they are important. A mindful approach helps you demonstrate your thoughtfulness — and gratitude — toward family and friends, while creating happy memories.