Gratitude, Gifting and Grandpa: John Styn at TEDxAmericasFinestCity

15 May


Gift giving theories..

15 May

From an economic perspective, the practice of gift-giving in social rela-
tionships makes little sense due to the ineciencies that arise from commonly
mismatched gifts and preferences. This paper addresses the frequency of non-
monetary gifts compared to more ecient cash transfers. While there is a vast
literature concentrated on this cultural phenomenon, we examine a model based
on the idea that the sentimental value of a gift can be measured in terms of
the time and energy the donor spent to select a desirable gift for the recipient.
We demonstrate that under a variety of circumstances, individuals choose to
give non-monetary gifts over cash in order to signal to the recipient that they
exerted this e ort.




15 May


Altruism or selflessness is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures and a core aspect of various religious traditions, though the concept of “others” toward whom concern should be directed can vary among cultures and religions. Altruism or selflessness is the opposite of selfishness.

Altruism can be distinguished from feelings of duty and loyalty. Altruism is a motivation to provide something of value to a party who must be anyone but one’s self, while duty focuses on a moral obligation towards a specific individual (e.g., a god, a king), or collective (e.g., agovernment). Pure altruism consists of sacrificing something for someone other than the self (e.g. sacrificing time, energy or possessions) with no expectation of any compensation or benefits, either direct, or indirect (e.g., receiving recognition for the act of giving).

Much debate exists as to whether “true” altruism is possible. The theory of psychological egoism suggests that no act of sharing, helping or sacrificing can be described as truly altruistic, as the actor may receive an intrinsic reward in the form of personal gratification. The validity of this argument depends on whether intrinsic rewards qualify as “benefits.”

The term altruism may also refer to an ethical doctrine that claims that individuals are morally obliged to benefit others. Used in this sense, it’s usually contrasted to egoism, which is defined as acting to the benefit of one’s self.




the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion tothe welfare of others ( opposed to egoism ).

Big bang… gifts

15 May

Trouble with girlfriends is whats putting my daughter through ufc…


Sheldon’s Theory on Gift Giving

15 May

The entire institution of git giving doesn’t make sense…. lets say i go out and spend $50 on you its a laborious activity because i have to imagine what you need where as you know what you need. I could simplify it and give you the $50 directly and then you could give me the $50 on my birthday and so on until one of us dies leaving the other one old and $50 richer. And i ask you…. is it worth it?

but your his friend, friends give each other presents…

i accept you premis but reject your conclusion…

“its a Non optional social convention….”


Big bang theory gift giving theories….

15 May

Abstract take 2

14 May

By altering the way we think about gift giving we can move it from an arbitrary exercise and increase the importance of giving meaningful gifts.

The reasoning behind gift giving has been changed due to social expectations that are put out by society. These expectations have resulted in the meaning of gift giving being lost and giving for the sake of giving. We give gifts to people we love and care about, these gifts that we give are generally displayed in their house or lives in some way, this act then informs our impressions of these people.

From research and surveys it can be argued that our homes are filled with things that we have been gifted, not only things we like sometimes they are things that we only keep in honour of the person who gifted it to us. These objects are then used to define who we are as people because what people see tends to dictate how we define things. Therefore we don’t want to be giving gifts that will have negative affects on the people we care about. By increasing the importance of giving meaningful gifts that relate to the receiver we can ensure that the gifts we give will be a positive influences on their lives.

Using visual communication we can explore the ideas of gift giving and the marks they leave on people’s lives. From there I aim to start a conversation about meaningful gift giving which will in turn start a behavioural change so we are giving gifts that leave an accurate and positive impression of people.