Giving gifts during the holiday season is a favored tradition with a long history in all religions. The purpose of giving gifts isn’t to fulfill a “wish list” or determine who can give the most, but rather as a way to teach the importance of giving itself.

Why is generosity inherently valuable? It’s simple: we need to give and be generous to make a difference in someone’s life, and that fulfills our deeper need for meaning in life.

In dating, generosity is being free to share yourself with others. Our society promotes an attitude of “what have you done for me lately?” In reality, we should have an attitude of generosity toward those around us. The more love we want, the more generous we should be. If you are a loving, generous single, you will attract a loving, generous person.

True love involves nourishing someone else’s soul, not just finding someone to nourish yours.

So while you’re wrapping presents for your loved ones this holiday season, remind yourself to carry that generous attitude with you throughout the year!