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  • Do You Have The Holiday Shopping Blues?

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    Not a fan of Holiday shopping? If so, be sure to take a look at this article written by The New York Times Science journalist John Tierney, where he gives us tips for those who aren't excited for Holiday shopping:

    Traditionalists and etiquette mavens are complaining, but the rest of us can thank social scientists this season. They have come up with experimental evidence to support three revolutionary rules for people who hate shopping for holiday gifts:

    1. You don’t have to spend any time looking for “thoughtful” gifts.

    2. You don’t have to spend much money, either.

    3. Actually, you may not have to spend any money.

    Yes, I know this sounds too good to be true. I was skeptical, too, if only because it contradicts a previous holiday column of mine. After looking at anthropological research into the potlatch, and talking with a Kwakwaka’wakw Indian chief who carries on this gift-giving ritual in British Columbia, I concluded that lavish presents are essential to social harmony.

    But now this idea has been tested not only in the lab but also at Amazon.com, and it looks as if the zealous shoppers have been kidding themselves. Spending extra time and money for the perfect gift may make them feel better, but it’s not doing much for the objects of their efforts, according to one of the experimenters, Francis J. Flynn, an organizational psychologist at Stanford University.

    Read more at The New York Times

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