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Study Finds Terribly Wrapped Presents Make People Happier

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December 11, 2019

If you wrap presents like I do, great news! A new study has found that terribly wrapped presents actually make people happier.

The University of Nevada conducted the study, which tested “expectation disconfirmation theory” in people who received gifts.  When a person received a gift from someone that was hastily wrapped, they appreciated the effort made in the attempt to wrap the gift.  The appreciation leaves them “flooded with positive, happy emotions.”

On the other hand, when a person receives a perfectly wrapped present, they’re more likely to end up with negative emotions because it’s possible that the gift inside the wrapping won’t live up to its perfect exterior.

Via Scary Mommy