Know a child with a birthday coming up? Give them the gift of learning!
Research from the University of Toronto shows that giving an experience rather than a material item can have a deeper meaning. “”People often struggle with the challenge of choosing what to give someone. If you want to give them something that will make them feel closer to you, give an experience,” says Cindy Chan, one of the primary researchers on the study.
Additionally, research from Cornell shows that when people get experiences rather than material items, their happiness lasts longer. “Our results suggest that if people get more enduring happiness from their experiences than their possessions,” explains professor of psychology Thomas Gilovich.
Even better, experiences often create less waste! There is nothing to recycle or trash later, nothing to declutter. It’s better for the Earth and makes keeping a tidy, organized, comfortable home much easier.
Lastly, giving a class or experience also gives a child the opportunity to connect with other kids that love what they love. That connection is really important as children build confidence, develop leadership and relationship skills, and develop identity. It gives them the opportunity to learn important skills like teamwork and collaboration in a fun, safe, no grades space.
So if you really want to create a connection, build life skills, and give someone you love long-lasting enjoyment, give them an experience — like a fantastic class by Kaleidoscope Enrichment — rather than another thing.