There used to be a time in my life where I would use food to make me feel better about something. If I had a crappy day at work, I would eat a brick of cheese when I got home. If a boy was mean to me, the solution was obviously a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. But as I got serious about getting in shape, I knew I had to replace eating my feelings with something. Of course, the smart choice would have been some kind of therapy to learn how to cope with my feelings effectively, but who the hell has time for that? Not me. So instead, now when I’m feeling down, I simply bust out a credit card and indulge in some retail therapy. Bad for my credit rating, but excellent for my mood.
For those of you that scoff at retail therapy being an actual thing, I’ve now got science on my side. A study in The Journal of Consumer Affairs looked at two groups of people, people who were thrifty and people who tended to be a little more….shall we say, liberal with their spending habits. The groups were asked to do things: write down their feelings about death and complete a survey about whether or not they would make certain purchases.
In results that probably aren’t overly shocking, the people who tend to be more responsible with their money are less inclined to blow it all before their imminent demise, whereas the spendthrifts were more likely to adopt a “fuck it, I’m dying” mentally when it came to making extravagant purchases, using their credit cards as “a form of emotional therapy to help them cope with their inevitable passing.” So it stands to reason that the same type of emotional therapy would work when your boss is being a dick, some guy ghosted, or your nails chipped two days after your manicure, right?
So if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be on Amazon buying some crap I definitely don’t need. Some lady gave me the side eye in the elevator this morning, and I need to find a way to take my mind off it. .
[via Elite Daily]