I recently read a blog post called ‘Small Haul Today” by leahpereyra.com. She mentioned retail therapy and how it made her feel better! It got me thinking about whether or not retail therapy actually works.
Here are some reasons about how Retail Therapy is fact:
1) It just makes you feel so much better!
That feeling of elation when you buy something. It’s exciting and shopping is always guaranteed to make me feel better and be more happy.
Like Becky Bloomwood says in The Confessions of a Shopaholic:
“That moment. That instant when your fingers curl round the handles of a shiny, uncreased bag—and all the gorgeous new things inside it become yours”.
2) Retail therapy is relaxing.
There is nothing better than strolling into a shop and knowing exactly what you are going to buy. I love thinking ahead and writing lists before I go shopping – that way I don’t accidentally buy anything I don’t need. I wouldn’t say I have an addiction to shopping. I buy what I need not what I want. If I go into a shop and see something I want, I think about whether I actually need it and how many outfits it’ll suit in my wardrobe.
Even when I internet shop, I find that I get the same sense of elation. I don’t know why.
According to Wikipedia, “retail therapy is shopping with the sole purpose of improving the mood”.
“As I stare at it,I can feel little invisible strings,silently tugging me toward it. I have to touch it. I have to wear it. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” – Confessions of a Shopaholic.
I am not as obsessed as Becky Bloomwood was in the series (that series is actually still ongoing. Have any of you read it before?). But there I do get like that when I am looking for clothing inspiration on pinterest, other blogs and on google.
According to the Journal of Consumer Research, people who use retail therapy as a way to feel better often dwell on their problems for longer and also have more issues with self control.
I think not! Retail therapy is good in moderation. For me, I don’t go out an buy things when ever I feel sad! And sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up. Everyone has their own way of dealing with issues that we face in our day to day lives.
What are your views on retail therapy?
Also, check this out:
I never knew that there was a week dedicated to Retail Therapy!