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Is it better to give or receive?

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Preview Staff
Preview Staff
December 1, 2016

Alyssa: It’s always nice to open a gift and have the feeling of surprise, but the best feeling is the one you get from giving. Giving is much more rewarding emotionally and spiritually. I love being able to see the joy come across someone’s face when they receive something special, whether it’s a present, a meal, or a simple encouragement text or phone call.

Kim: Give, because it always comes back to you.

Jessica: There’s more joy in giving because it’s a two-way transaction whereas receiving is just one way.

Aimee: I think it is better to give. Giving is easy. It can be big, small … it doesn’t matter. Restoring faith in humanity in a crazy world is important. It’s so easy to put a smile on someone’s face, which they will put out into the world.

Erin: There’s nothing more fulfilling than blessing someone with something, whether it be an item, your time or a need.

Alex: As the oldest of four children, I have always loved giving more than receiving material things; giving a smile to someone you love is worth more than any gift. In these turbulent times we must strive to embrace giving over receiving if we are to hold onto our humanity.

Karen: It’s way better to give, especially when you make a difference in the lives of those in need. During the 2016 Make A Difference Day, we collected money and warm clothing, spending the cash on hats, gloves, scarves, and socks. We donated 698 warm clothing items to Iron Gate, a non-profit that serves our at-risk and homeless Tulsa neighbors.

Pat: My children are all in their 30s and I still love putting lots of thought into their holiday gifts, and watching their faces as they open them.

Joe: It’s much better to give. Giving love also means receiving it.

Rebecca: I believe it’s better to give than receive because you really don’t know what the person has, and just to get a smile is worth the giving.