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Why Am I So Obsessed with Giving People Gifts?

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Unhealthy gift-giving

Some people are obsessed with giving gifts, even if they can't afford it.

Science says we do this because giving to others genuinely makes people happier. Even if you’re struggling to meet your own basic needs, you’re more likely to derive happiness ...

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It is useful to map out the habit loop.

  • The trigger: what thoughts or feelings are driving your behaviour?
  • The behaviour: What action do you take when you experience that trigger?
  • The result: Wh...

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If you equate love and worth with things and giving, it doesn't mean you have to repeat the pattern. You have the autonomy and agency to decide what feels okay for you.

Love, care, and appreciation can be shown in other ways, such as a phone call or a glass of wine with your ...

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The idea of Gary Chapman's love languages is that everyone gives and receives love in different ways. If we want to show people that we care about them, we need to understand what behaviours they interpret as an expression of appreciation.

The five love languages are:...

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