Study Says People Who Wrap Presents Sloppily Are Happier

It's the holidays, which means you're buying a lot of gifts that you have to wrap! If you're really lazy, you're probably just buying holiday bags, throwing the gift in and putting some festive tissue paper on top. But others at least attempt to wrap a gift...

If you're not the best at wrapping gifts, well apparently that means you're happier than people who are perfect wrappers!

A new study out of the University of Nevada found that sloppy gift wrapping can actually make a person happier.0

Researchers zeroed in on the recipients' moods and reactions when they received nicely wrapped gifts and messily wrapped gifts. "Specifically, recipients set higher (lower) expectations for neatly (sloppily)‐wrapped gifts, making it harder (easier) for the gifts to meet these expectations, resulting in contrast effects that lead to less (more) positive attitudes toward the gifts once unwrapped," the abstract states.

So basically, set the bar low and everyone is happy!

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