The Tipping List
Why Shopping can be Healthy
Reasons to justify the splurge
By: Emily Freisher
Whichever therapist originally prescribed shopping as a form of therapy knew what she was talking about. (Don’t try and debate the pronoun-you know it was a woman.)
But why does shopping receive such a bad rap? Why are we programmed to feel guilty after a little splurge every once in a while or to feel like we’ve wasted our day if it hasn’t produced any tangible results? Shopping is beneficial – to your mind, body and soul. Here are my top justifications:
1. It takes focus. You can’t coordinate your shoes and jacket if your mind is in another realm! Read: You must not let your mind wander to potentially destructive thoughts such as relationship or job woes. The tedious task of shopping is mind-numbing – in a good way.
2. You sharpen your creative eye. If your career of choice allows you only enough creative control to choose the color of your sticky notes, it’s time to find an outlet. While you’re shopping, you might find a new color to obsess over or a new trend to follow. Take control! Make the asymmetrical chartreuse dress the next big thing!
3. You become more financially aware. Typically, the things I want are not the things I can afford. But don’t let price worries put you into a shopping coma. Money doesn’t have to be a roadblock. I spent my Black Friday this year in total shopping bliss for seven hours and came home with not a dollar spent – proof that it can be done.
Also, do a little research, a little math. You might be surprised by what a few coupons and a little thrifting might get you. And even if the final verdict is still negative, just be happy that you possess enough self-restraint to say no.
5. Sometimes a splurge is okay… as long as it makes you feel good for the right reasons. If you’ve been pining over it forever, if it makes you feel like royalty, if it boosts your self-confidence through the roof – buy it. Save your money elsewhere, and let this one materialistic item bring you instant gratification. Trust me, it’s a sustainable happiness.