It’s the Christmas we’ve all looked forward to. After a festive season in 2020 marred by the pandemic, many in the UK are looking forward to celebrating in person with families and giving gifts to our loved ones. We’ve always enjoyed the warm fuzzy feeling of seeing our loved ones unwrap something they’ve wanted, but after such a lengthy period away from each other, giving feels extra special this year.
According to behavioural psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, being generous and giving contributes to our wellbeing. “Humans are social beings. Being generous with our time, money, or sharing resources, allows us to connect meaningfully with those around us. Research has shown that when we give, our brains release endorphins that lift our mood and make us feel good. As this is our first Christmas since the pandemic where we can celebrate together, there’s no better time to be generous, whether it’s donating our time and money to charity, buying gifts for family and friends, or acts of service and kindness in our communities.’’
PayPal conducted its Generosity and Giving 2021 study1 to mark the forthcoming Christmas season. According to the study, only a third of people (31%) consider themselves a generous person with a quarter (24%) believing they could be more generous than they currently are.
Here are some tips from Dr Papadopoulos to help you go the extra mile this Christmas.
Dr Linda Papadopoulos has teamed up with PayPal to remind the nation of the feel-good benefits of giving this Christmas. To find out how you can give to a cause close to your heart this Christmas as you shop with PayPal, visit Generosity Network or www.paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/hub or download the PayPal app.
1 PayPal's Generosity and Giving 2021 survey was conducted online by OnePoll which surveyed 2,000 nationally representative respondents in November 2021
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