WASHINGTON — For many women, the giftgiving season is a yearning to feel a little better about their relationships and their families, but it can also be a time when the gifts are getting better and worse.
It is that time of year when women are told to brace themselves for gifts that could be hurting their lives, but not to feel too worried, because the gifts have been great.
Women have become aware of how good gifts can be in helping them feel better about the people in their lives and have been able to use these gifts to their advantage.
But as the holidays approach, women who have received gifts or received gift certificates are having a hard time trusting that their gifts have truly helped them feel more well-adjusted.
This season, a new survey from the American Psychological Association has found that women have experienced more than twice as many gifts as men in a year and nearly double the number of gifts from men that were used to feel better in the past year.
More: How to feel more comfortable about your giftsThis new survey of more than 10,000 people found that about 70 percent of women who received gift cards or gift certificates experienced the same feelings of sadness, stress and hopelessness as men.
The new study by researchers at Washington State University and the University of Florida examined the relationships of women in the U.S. who had received gifts in the previous year.
The study found that those who had the gift cards had the most positive emotions and feelings of gratitude and happiness compared to those who did not.
The survey also found that the most helpful gifts came from women.
Men who had gifts received feelings of hopelessness and sadness more often than did women who did.
Women who had gift certificates received the most of the positive feelings and feelings while receiving the gift certificates.
The findings come at a time of increased concern about the prevalence of depression and suicide among women.
It also comes as women are feeling more anxious about giving gifts.
The APA survey asked respondents how often they felt like they were feeling depressed, suicidal or anxious after receiving gifts.
Overall, the survey found that 58 percent of those who received a gift or gift certificate reported that they had experienced depression or suicidal thoughts in the last year.
That was higher than the other answers in the survey, which found 40 percent of people who received gifts reported experiencing a suicide attempt.
The most common gift recipient in the study was a man, but the most common way women reported experiencing suicidal thoughts or depression was from receiving a gift, the study found.
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