The best presents are experiences, not objects – so why not give your loved one the experience of a fun and fascinating writing course this Christmas?
If you’ve run out of wrapping paper and the Sellotape is all snarled up, fret not. Research has shown that the best presents are experiences rather than material possessions. So although your Sanctuary gift set may be a thoughtful gesture, take it back to Boots and choose a Write Factor Absolute Beginners writing course instead. I bet there’s someone in your life who has always wanted to have a bash at creative writing but has never got round to it.
The research, undertaken by San Francisco State University*, found that whilst conventional presents soon lose their lustre because you become accustomed to having them around (or in my experience, are regifted, in the case of the Sanctuary smellies), experiential presents continue to give you little bursts of happiness through memories and experiences long after the event occurred. That hat and glove set may make her smile, but discovering a real sense of achievement and creativity on a writing course is scientifically more beneficial because this kind of gift also gives a greater sense of vitality. As Professor Ryan Howell said: “As nice as your new computer is, it’s not going to make you feel alive.” He also noted that the people around the recipients of the gift also get a boost because they are often included in the experience – watch out for the dedication in their novel. But above all, the major bonus of signing someone up for a writing course is that you don’t need to wrap it.
To tempt you even further, this year, we are giving a 15% discount on our Writing Course. Click here for more details.
* The paper was given at a Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting. If only it was called the Personality Society – imagine saying: ‘I’m chairman of the Personality Society’. You’d be a big hit at parties.