Full Interview with Exceptional People Magazine
1) What have you been most thankful for over the past year during the challenges and adversities we’ve all encountered?
With everything shifting online, from office chats to family gatherings, I wasn’t sure of why I was starting to feel low in spirit and disoriented on a mental level. Luckily, from my past charity and volunteer experiences, it was deeply rooted in my brain how helping and serving people can lighten up one’s mood with gratitude and contentment. Thus, I took on the challenge to solve the #1 problem that the pandemic has fuelled - increasing depression rates and mismanaged relationships! Over 80 years of research conducted by Harvard University, proves how embracing community and healthy relationships can make people happier. With the holiday season approaching and being the founder and CEO of a personalized gift store, I had learned how gift giving can strengthen one’s relationships; consequently making both the giver as well as the receiver feel happier. However, although gift giving has a long history dating back to ancient times, one thing has continued to become more difficult - choosing a gift. Not only does this bring confusion and overthinking, but also tends to develop giftophobia, and I had sensed this overwhelming problem ever since I entered the gifting market. Therefore, I decided to finish the book that I was writing for the past couple of years after researching and studying the psychology of gift giving. Condensing all my experiences working with psychologists and conducting constant experiments, I finally was able to publish my book - Unearthing the “Gift”. Within the first week of launch, it became an Amazon #1 Global Bestseller ranking #1 in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, UK and USA. However, what still grounds me and what I am the most grateful for is the feedback and support that I received from random people around the world - people who’ve found the book helpful; people who found happiness by giving gifts and some who’ve enjoyed the illustrations in the book.
2) Who has been the most supportive of you, and how has that support positively impacted your life?
3) Please provide at least three to five tips or advice on how people can improve their life, career, or business starting today. The advice you provide should align with you as an experienced professional, business owner, or entrepreneur.
- Calling your friends and family - while it is very easy for one to busy themselves with computers and phones - watching Netflix or scrolling through social media, I believe conversations with old friends and family members is still irreplaceable. This is one of the greatest life lessons that the pandemic has taught me personally. It is certainly very easy to fall prey to the dopamine hits that social media feeds everyone with today, but I highly recommend everyone to Google - “How social media is making people lonelier than ever before?”.
- Have empathy - if you see a kid crying on the streetside, go help them, don’t just call 911 and wait. Emotional Intelligence surely is highly regarded in today’s world, but I believe it mostly roots in actions through experiences. If you don’t believe me, try helping someone out today - anyone with anything, and see how it urges you to help more people; it’s a positive spiral!
- Don’t fall prey to marketers - Finally, talking about gifting, since this is my topic of expertise, I understand that most people procrastinate their gift search to the last-minute, which perhaps, I did too until I found the false-perception that is created in the gifting industry. You see, most of the gifting blogs and ideas that show up on Google search that say “Top 10 Best Gifts for Mom” are unverified - there is no research, study, or evidence performed on them that gives a trust badge that these 10 gifts are unquestionably the best. Thus, as a result, it is very rare that even though the receiver might jump off their feet at the moment of receiving the gift, that the gift will not end up sitting on the shelf, eating dust! Psychologically speaking, a perfect gift is something that becomes indispensable, both in the memories and in daily life usage - not only because it is useful or practical, but because it provides a feeling, an experience, some personalized-uniqueness, and long-term satisfaction