The Benefit Cost of Retail Therapy
Because when I shop, the world gets better. -Rebecca Bloomwood; Confessions of a Shopaholic
How many of us have felt this way at one time or another? At the end of a stressful workweek, what better way to relieve that stress than to go shopping? In a survey conducted by Credit Karma, it was discovered that approximately 52% of adults have had an impulsive shopping experience to relieve stress. Retail therapy also makes up approximately 1/5 of all shopping purchases amounting to $1652 per year.
Happiness is not in money but in shopping. – Marilyn Monroe
What is your definition of happiness? For some happiness comes in the form of retail therapy. Shopping can be a good thing since it boosts your mood and mental health. Retail therapy can also provide a much needed vacation from the stress of the day-to-day grind. While retail therapy isn’t a true vacation, it does provide a break from our fast-paced society. And a mental break can be just as beneficial as a physical vacation.
I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist. – Tammy Faye Bakker
Retail therapy can provide you with therapeutic benefits. Why else would shopping be so popular – for the benefits, of course! A job interview, a new promotion or a presentation can be very stressful. Shopping can subconsciously give you the confidence boost needed to get over that stress. And when you look good you feel good. This creates a domino effect – looking good, feeling good and gaining confidence to put your best foot forward.
It isn’t called retail therapy for nothing. If you want to decompress from the day-to-day distractions, shopping can be the solution. Shopping can also be your bridge from residual sadness to a pleasure boost. So grab your squad and make a date for some retail therapy!!