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What His Gift Is TryingToTell You

What His Gift Means
You unwrap your long awaited gift with enthusiastic curiosity, but soon you are puzzled. Unsure how to react because the gift is not what you expected, you try to be poker-faced buying time to respond. Do you raise your voice, “What were you thinking?” or do you ominously say, “How much thought went into this gift?” or restrainedly state, “I don’t quite know what to say…” A basic tenet of Stress-management is sustaining a positive, compassionate perspective. Everyone makes up a story about the facts. What kind of story do you want to make up in order to enjoy the holiday together?

How to interpret his gift: The inside story

He buys youAnd let’s be honest. Women often buy their guys gifts which don’t interest them, like clothes or books. The best solution for both genders is to either drop overt literal hints like “I hope I get… ” or give a gift card, so that the recipient can buy what they really want. If you would like to be more subtle, you could consult with a friend or family member regarding gift choice and don’t forget to inquire about size. The option which works best for me is giving myself a gift.

Remember it’s the thought that counts – particularly the thought in your head.
For more information on managing your stress and reclaiming your life read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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