Shopping Benefits


Shopping may be bad for your wallet but it is good for your health, say some experts.  Recent studies have shown that “retail therapy” is an effective way of helping people to deal with depression.  People who are feeling blue often believe that they cannot control their surroundings.  However, making decisions about what to purchase helps restore feelings of control over environment and self.

Shopping can also be considered a form of entertainment, which can also help lift spirits.  Finding a great bargain, for example, can also build up one’s feelings of self-worth.Shopping for other people can also help people form healthy relationships.  For example, grandparents can bond with their grandchildren by purchasing new toys for them.  This connection can make them happier because they feel closer to their family.

Shopping can help improve a person’s mood and it can also be good for your physical health.  A recent article in The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Britain revealed that walking and carrying shopping bags can burn off 385 calories in a week.  A study by one department store in England says that women walk an average of three miles for every two and a half hours of weekly shopping.  Men tend to walk for only 1.5 miles during their average weekly shopping, which usually lasts around 50 minutes per week.  A charity known as The Heart Foundation also advocates people to shop because it prevents them from sitting, which can also be very bad for the heart.