There’s nothing more satisfying than giving someone you love the perfect gift. Whether it’s a Christmas gift, a birthday gift, an anniversary gift or just an I’m-thinking-of-you gift, joy and satisfaction always tend to come back to the giver. It’s part of human nature.
Psychologists say it is often the giver, rather than the recipient, who reaps the biggest gains from a gift. The act of giving to others reinforces our feelings for them and makes us feel effective and caring, according to Ellen Langer, a Harvard psychology professor. Think about the overwhelming sense of satisfaction you feel when you see the recipient of your gift beaming with gratitude.
Not only that, but gift-giving can strengthen bonds with others.
“There is the whole act – determining what needs to be given and making sure it fits with the person,” says Devin Byrd, associate professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at South University-Savannah. “There is an emotional lift when searching for the gift.”
Of course, the nature of the ideal gift depends on who the recipient is. But everyone loves a thoughtful gift, as opposed to a lazy or stereotypical gift. So next time, instead of falling back on the tired old suspects – a necktie, a pair of socks, a Walmart gift card – you might want to consider getting your loved one something not only thoughtful, but useful. Something that can help them make it through a difficult time.
Long-term food is one such option. In fact, a supply of long-term emergency food is one of the most practical gifts you could get someone. We all need food to survive, and during a hurricane, tornado, flood or blizzard, when you’re trapped in your house or the grocery store shelves are empty, food may be hard to come by. An emergency food supply is always there for you whenever you need it. You don’t need to worry about your long-term food going bad – not for 25 years, anyway.
A gift of long-term food gives the recipient one less thing to worry about during an emergency.
Even more, giving an emergency food supply tells someone that you truly care about them and you want to protect them. It’s a way of saying “I love you.” It will not only give the recipient peace of mind that they won’t go hungry in an emergency, but it will give you, the giver, peace of mind that you did something to help.
Emergency food is a safety valve, a life preserver. It is always there, ready for the moment you or your loved ones need it.
Live Prepared manufactures a complete line of emergency long-term food vaults, ranging from a 120-serving kit, which serves one person for one month, to a 5,760-serving kit, which can serve four people for a full year. They also offer vaults that contain only protein, fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk and breakfast foods.
WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah, himself a long-time prepper, recommends and personally endorses Live Prepared.
And the folks at Live Prepared believe in giving gifts, too. They direct proceeds from every sale toward providing Live Prepared emergency starter kits to elementary schools through FEMA’s Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program. That’s because they truly believe in building and strengthening communities.
As they state on their website:
We want to help ensure that communities are resilient and act as systems of support during emergencies, which is why we supply starter kits to help educate young people about the hows and whys of emergency preparedness. Teaching young people to properly plan for adverse situations helps strengthen families and communities when it’s needed most, providing another step of safety and security in the midst of an emergency or natural disaster.
Live Prepared’s meal kits come in lightweight yet durable plastic totes that are easy to transport and store. The Christians who own and operate Live Prepared manufacture all their products in America, and they ship and deliver their products quickly and efficiently.
Most Live Prepared vaults come with 18 meal varieties, while some contain only 10. Their meals require little preparation – all you have to do is tear open the pouch, pour the contents into a bowl and add water.
No gift could be more thoughtful, useful and, indeed, potentially life-saving, than a Live Prepared emergency food vault.