Valentine’s Day is approaching, and for many of you lovely folks, the task of surprising your significant other may feel daunting. Even for seasoned gift-givers, it’s no small feat!
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The school announced that tomorrow the kids can exchange cards. All I heard was, “Let’s get a bit crafty, mom!”
Dr. Geher explains that humans, akin to many animals, have evolved to present themselves positively, especially to potential or current mates.
He elucidates that conspicuous gift-giving, such as surprising a partner with a lavish present like an Audi adorned with a red bow, has evolved as a form of “costly signaling.” This behavior is more about self-representation to the world rather than solely strengthening a bond or demonstrating care to a partner or friend.
Dr. Geher humorously adds that while his wife may not find an Audi with a bow in the driveway this Valentine’s Day, he doesn’t rule out the possibility entirely!
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“We tend to gravitate towards creative and humorous individuals. Collaborating with one’s partner is a fantastic way to nurture a loving connection,” he remarked. Dr. Geher provided examples like working on paintings or composing songs together.
“While a lack of creativity and humor may not directly lead to relationship failure, the most fulfilling relationships often thrive on these qualities. My wife Shannon and I prioritize creating art together daily, and I must say, that aspect of our relationship is invaluable,” Dr. Geher shared candidly.
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Many of us experience some degree of pressure to mark Valentine’s Day with something special. Despite its origins as a commercial holiday designed to sell cards and merchandise, there’s a certain charm in having a designated day focused on love. It may seem cheesy or cliché, but if you approach February 14 with an open mind, it can hold delightful surprises—even if approached semi-ironically.
Regardless of whether you fully embrace or staunchly oppose Valentine’s Day, the act of giving gifts holds significant power to brighten someone’s day. Moreover, it often has a positive impact on your own mood. As social beings, we’re inherently inclined toward generosity, albeit within certain limits.