Should we give to charity instead of giving gifts for the holidays?
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Should we give to charity instead of giving gifts for the holidays?

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Americans will spend about $967 per person this holiday season; as a nation, we will dish out more than $678.8 billion on gifts. Some say this spending isn't just stressful, it's wasteful. We should stop giving unneeded gifts to each other, and instead pool our resources to give to charities and those in need. Others adore the individual gift-giving tradition, and say you can't get rid of the best part of the holidays. What do you think? 🎁

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#GiveToCharity
57.1%
#GiveGifts
42.9%

At The Balance, Joanne Fritz argues giving to charity is the ideal way to model generosity and giving for kids. It also helps make kids grateful for all they have. Giving to charity shows them how they can help others. 

But others love giving gifts to their loved ones, and psychological studies show that often the giver is the one who truly receives in the exchange.

The biggest effect of gift giving may be on ourselves. Giving to others reinforces our feelings for them and makes us feel effective and caring, Dr. Langer said.
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