Gift Giving brings together 21 scholars from a variety of disciplines - including consumer behavior, communications, and sociology - who are dedicated to the understanding of what motivates gift selection, presentation, and incorporation of a gift into a person's life. The text explores the role of values in gift exchange; the influence of ethnic, generational, and subcultural differences in gift exchange; how gifts to the self are manifested; and new directions and topics in gift giving. In these essays, gift giving occasions are probed for the meanings that can be illuminated with respect to this pervasive, yet not always positive, phenomenon. For anyone interested in gift giving behavior, this volume should prove both enlightening and provocative.
Gift-giving is extremely important in Japanese society, not only at personal and household levels, but at the national and macroeconomic levels as well. This book is the first in English to document the extraordinary scale, complexity, and variation of giving in contemporary Japan. Gift-Giving in Japan is based on eighteen months' fieldwork in the Tokyo metropolitan area, as well as short-term research in other parts of Japan. The core of the study is the experience of family representatives of different ages, classes, genders, occupations, neighborhoods, and religions. The author also interviewed experts, including the author of gift-giving etiquette books, Buddhist and Shinto priests, department store and funeral home employees, and workers at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. She participated in neighborhood festivals, election rallies, house-building rites, and other ceremonies of which gift-giving was an integral part. Recent anthropological interest in drawing a strong contrast between commodities and gifts both reflects and reinforces the conception of the gift as part of the giver and the related distinction between the realm of the gift and the realm of the marketplace. The author argues that Japanese practices of giving and receiving challenge assumptions related to this idea of the gift.
"GIFT GIVING for Mommies" helps you overcome the dilemmas and to enjoy the art and practice of gift giving; becoming "gifted" in the art of selection, presentation, and reception of gifts. In the first Chapter, "Gift Selection," the quandaries in choosing and giving the right gift are unraveled. Surprisingly, "re-gifting" can be done with a lot of class. In the second chapter, "Gift Presentation," the reader is shown how to make exactly the right presentation of the gift. Cultures dictate that gifts must be presented in a particular manner to avoid offending the receiver. Knowing the protocol can mean the difference between making or breaking a personal or business relationship. In the third chapter, "Gift Reception," the author enlightens the reader about the complications associated with being on the receiving end of a gift. We don't always receive a gift properly. Knowing how and when to decline a gift is as important as knowing how to select and properly present a gift.
Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of another Christmas, holiday season, or birthday? Do you ever wish you could effortlessly know what gifts make people happy? Are there times when you just can't think of what to get someone and you end up giving them a gift card, yet again? Ever hear of an amazingly unique gift someone gave, and wonder how they ever thought of it? In The Art of Gift Giving you will learn simple skills and discover useful resources that make birthdays and holidays something to look forward to -- as fun opportunities to show the people you care about how well you know and appreciate them. You will learn how to listen, be creative, and present gifts that always touch and bring happiness to the people in your life. You will become a Master Gift Giver
You keep your business affairs well organized, are sensitive to the financial and material needs of others and are ready and willing to give if a valid need exists but want to be sure your gift is used properly. You tend to make wise decisions concerning finances and prefer to keep your giving a private matter between God and you. Sometimes people think you are materialistic or controlling because of the importance you put on money, but they misunderstand your intention of being a good steward of the resources God has entrusted to you. If this sounds like you, you probably want to develop your gift of giving! This book addresses: What Is Giving, Passion and Privilege of the Gift of Giving, Giving: An Extension of God’s Grace, Avoiding the Pitfalls When Fulfilling the Gift of Giving, The Role of the Gift of Giving in the Local Church, Giving God’s Way, Finding Your Place on the Ministry Team, Identifying Your Gift of Giving, A Two-Year Plan to Begin Thinking Like a Giver, How to Discern Worthy Ministries to Support.
You can survive the holidays with this ebook guide to giving great gifts without breaking the bank. This book is chunked full of awesome gift ideas for anniversaries, birthdays, christmas, father's day and mother's day. Plus helpful tips.
In recent years, traditional economic theory has been enriched by behavioral components. There is huge and rapidly growing evidence from empirical and experimental studies that mere profit maximization is in many cases not a good proxy of real-life decision-making and interaction in economic situations. Yet, although the concept of homo oeconomicus has subsequently been dismissed by many authors, behavior is not random or arbitrary, but follows systematic patterns and rules that researchers in the field of behavioral economics aim at understanding. This thesis adds to the understanding of actual economic decision-making by analyzing behavior in three different economic applications. The first application concerns experimental studies on the performance of partnership dissolution mechanisms. The second application studies the effects of policy instruments on a firm`s incentives to invest in R&D. Finally, the third application tests the impact of responsibility for being in a disadvantageous situation through deliberate risk-taking on solidarity behavior of economic agents. Potential readership includes scholars of experimental economics in the fields of mechanism design, industrial organization and social preferences as well as interested students and practitioners involved in these areas.
This book is a profound but simply written mediation on the central mysteries of the Christian fait--the trinity, redemption, the eucharist, human participation in the divine life and solidarity with one another--in a contemporary idiom. >
Enhancing Professional Effectiveness provides tips and important concepts on contemporary business image, etiquette and wellness. Hone your inner awareness on your professional image grooming, predict business faux pas and build and maintain platonic relationships. Apply appropriate power and influence positive impression in this book. Package yourself and communicate your credible, authentic and presence to achieve a total well being from inside-out.
Many otherwise enlightened people often dismiss etiquette as a trivial subject or—worse yet—as nothing but a disguise for moral hypocrisy or unjust social hierarchies. Such sentiments either mistakenly assume that most manners merely frame the “real issues” of any interpersonal exchange or are the ugly vestiges of outdated, unfair social arrangements. But in On Manners, Karen Stohr turns the tables on these easy prejudices, demonstrating that the scope of manners is much broader than most people realize and that manners lead directly to the roots of enduring ethical questions. Stohr suggests that though manners are mostly conventional, they are nevertheless authoritative insofar as they are a primary means by which we express moral attitudes and commitments and carry out important moral goals. Drawing primarily on Aristotle and Kant and with references to a wide range of cultural examples—from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm—the author ultimately concludes that good manners are essential to moral character.
Are you thinking of studying at university in Britain? Do you feel confused about which course is best for you, which university to choose, and how to apply? Are you wondering about what kinds of challenges you will be faced with, how best to approach them and how to overcome them? If so, this guidebook is for you. Honest and accurate, this book acts as an international student introduction and cultural guide to UK Higher Education. It informs and guides students in their preparation for all aspects of UK HE, from university selection and application through to participation, and provides a clear understanding of how British universities function. Helping international students make the most of the many opportunities that university offers, this text will expand your knowledge of UK Higher Education with regards to: Application procedures Finances Self-awareness, cultural understanding and adaptation (social and academic) University administrative procedures, facilities and support Work and career information and advice. The International Student’s Guide to UK Education is a comprehensive guide that will help students to develop critical and reflective ability in order to become independent, well-informed and empowered decision makers.