Everybody loves a good gift guide. Scrolling through products that speak to every desire—some we didn't even know existed—is a fun, almost voyeuristic peek into all that we could have, if we so chose. Luckily, the wellness world of today isn't short of gifting opportunities. It's filled with clean-burning candles and crystals, smell-good serums and rich masks, and all of the gut-healthy treats that can fit on a fridge shelf. These products that make us feel our happiest and most radiant certainly deserve to be celebrated, and we nod to them on the site whenever we can.
But this year, mindbodygreen's new company mantra, You. We. All., is leading us to a different kind of gifting guide: one filled with presents that don't come wrapped in paper.
Research shows that in the long run, experiential gifts are far more fulfilling than material ones. Over time, our satisfaction with our "stuff" begins to decline, its novelty wearing away with continued use. Experiences, on the other hand, imbue our lives with memories that we can continue to call upon for inspiration and joy and that ultimately help shape our identities. Philanthropic experiences tend to make us the happiest of all. One old Chinese proverb goes, "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody." Science proves the sentiment. This year, a survey by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute found that the more households give to nonprofits and other charitable organizations, the more satisfied they are.
To get into the holiday spirit, we're celebrating gifts that give back—to the person receiving them, their community, and the world at large. Wrapping paper is bad for the environment anyway.