Don’t you remember Christmas as a kid? It was awesome! For me, it was like the best day of the year – hey, I was a kid, and I was a fan of getting cool stuff.Giving Better Than Receiving 1

I remember barely being able to sleep. I’d always sneak out to see if Santa had come yet, but he never did until I fell asleep and then awoke in the morning – like really early morning. I was always so amazed I missed him. I wasn’t even asleep that long, but somehow he still came, delivered presents and didn’t make a peep – or at least wasn’t loud enough to wake me up.

When my brother and I would get up about 5:00 in the morning, we just had to stay in bed and wait. It was pure torture. The rule in our house was nobody out of bed until 7:00. Now that I’m an adult, I fully endorse this rule for Christmas day.

Once we got up and saw all of the presents under the tree, it was like heaven on earth. That feeling is undoubtedly harder to replicate the older I get, regardless of the situation. The pure joy for a child on Christmas day is an emotion like no other.

While I still experience that joy – at least to a point – in my adulthood, I think it pales in comparison to when I was a kid. And, when it comes to receiving gifts as an adult, while it’s fun and I’m certainly grateful and appreciative, that feeling of pure bliss just isn’t what it used to be.

Whether it’s me just getting more mature – doubtful – or it’s just the natural way of life, the emotion I would feel when receiving gifts as a child has almost completely reversed to the emotion I feel now when giving gifts.

Sure, it’s not the exact same feeling, but giving has become so much more of a joy than receiving. It’s not just with gifts either. It can be helping someone out to fix something on their house, picking somebody up when they need a ride or a myriad of other things. For some reason, helping and giving feels so much more rewarding than receiving.

I’m by no means saying I still don’t like receiving gifts and I’m definitely not saying I’m some kind of a saint who just gives, gives, gives. I struggle and don’t always want to do something or help someone because it’s an inconvenience. But, once you do it and you see how grateful the person is, it makes you wonder why you were ever questioning it in the first place.

Even so, I still question and sometimes forget how great it is to give. Whether it’s giving gifts or my time, it just feels good to put a smile on somebody’s face.

The holidays are upon us, and it’s the time of giving – and also receiving. Think of those who are less fortunate than you are and make an effort to give something back. I can assure you the emotion of gratefulness they receive from your gift will equal your happiness of giving the gift. Enjoy the holidays.

This is a post from Clint Haynes, a Certified Financial Planner® in Lee’s Summit, MO. He is also the founder and owner of NextGen Wealth. You can learn more about Clint at the website NextGen Wealth.