The Benefit Cost of Retail Therapy

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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!!


I am a lover of sneakers and t-shirts - I know it isn't much of a fashion statement, but I make it work. I have been told I have an infectious laugh and I love to laugh. I have lived in Texas for over 10 years. In my spare time I enjoy dabbling in crafts and reading.

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