Last week, I wrote a blog post about receiving some free flowers. It was quite a fruitful story for blog post ideas! Here is another one from the conversations I had with my girlfriend on the walk home:
Why do we like getting ‘free stuff’?
We questioned whether we took them because they were just free.
We live in a culture where we’re always looking for the ‘best deal’. You only have to look at commercialism and consumer culture on Black Friday and Cycber Monday.
We’re encouraged to spend more, replace what’s seen as ‘old’ (but probably still works fine!), just so we feel like we’ve got a great deal. I know I always feel like I’ve gained something when there’s a Buy 1 Get One Free, 3 for 2 or free delivery offer when I spend a sizable amount of money.
But what things actually come for free? Perhaps, Gratitude, Generosity, Kindness, Joy?
What do you think about receiving ‘Free stuff’? What do you think comes for free? Does anything?