Shopping for Happiness

If you’ve made a purchase lately, whether you got new shoes, added to your DVD collection, or treated yourself to a pricey handbag, you know the feeling of giddiness that often follows acquiring something new and exciting. Particularly in the slow-fading wake of the holiday season, shopping and spending money is a relatively big part of first-world culture. Maybe you budget yourself tightly when you hit the mall, or maybe your credit card knows no bounds—whichever type of person you are, you can most likely still relate to the euphoric lightness that follows the purchase of something you want and love. For some people, however, that sense of euphoria that comes from shopping can quickly become as overpowering as a drug. The fact is, an addiction to shopping is similar to a drug in regards to how your brain reacts with emotion. Oftentimes, people joke or laugh about the stereotype of the “shopaholic,” someone who chronically overspends or shops beyond their means. In reality, however, being a shopaholic is a very real, very pressing burden on the lives of many people. Every year, people rack up debt they can’t handle as a result of purchases they don’t need. So what makes someone a shopaholic, and how can they kick the habit? Read on to learn more about the reality of shopping for happiness.

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