Cyber Monday; Is Shopping Good for Your Health?

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In what began as an afterthought to Black Friday, Cyber Monday has become the No. 1 online shopping day of the year. There are signs that consumers plan to  spend heavily online this holiday season. LA Times in Cyber Monday Retail Sales May Hit Record

Health Benefits of Daily Shopping Revealed

Finally, there is scientific proof that shopping improves your health!

There is empirical evidence that daily shopping may cut women’s risk for early death by 23% according to this months More Magazine, Retail Therapy Works! Wow, More found the best research around when it hit on this research reported in The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Frankly, I’m speechless. If this is in fact true, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this concept. Could daily shopping actually be healthy? What a paradigm shift!

Summary of the benefits of shopping:

  • Fun to spend.
  • Personal interaction with fellow shoppers and sales people along the way.
  • Get out of the house.
  • Restock the home with food and sundry items.
  • Expend physical energy while running errands.

Actually, it makes sense that shopping keeps you engaged with the world around you and keeps you off the couch! Think of those folks in other countries who head to the market daily for their food items. It’s a satisfying and fulfilling lifestyle.

Does Cyber Monday Count?

If I were to use my incredible intelligence 🙂 to analyze the “cyber Monday” shopping phenomenon, I’d have to say that it probably does not improve our health. After all, there’s not much exercise in sitting on your butt clicking the keys on your laptop and taking your credit card in and out of your pocket!

ACTION STEP

  • Use this news not to shop til you drop. Use the research to enjoy the errands that are part of daily life and to eradicate the guilt that may accompany shopping.
  • Continue to shop mindfully and sensibly.
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What do you think? Is shopping health promoting?

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    11 Comments

  1. Must be true. I’ve never seen a sad shopper at the mall! 🙂

    MoneyCone

    November 28, 2011

  2. @Money-It makes perfect sense doesn’t it? 🙂
    @Marie-I guess you’re right, research studies can amaze.

    Barb

    November 28, 2011

  3. Hilarious!! Can you imagine if certain folks got a hold of this research? I did an MA in psych and had to do research, write a thesis, etc. For some of that, you really have to look at the details of the research.

    With this, I would say it is healthier for someone to abandon the morning shows and get out and DO SOMETHING rather than laying on the couch. But if I am comparing that to my 69-year old mother who walks (not shops) at the mall every morning….then maybe the walking is better than the shopping!

    Brad Moore

    November 28, 2011

  4. @Brad-I’d probably encourage walking rather than shopping for exercise as well!!! I’m sure your mom is healthier and wealthier than the folks that get their exercise shopping.

    Barb

    November 28, 2011

  5. That’s an interesting stat. I would like to think it’s true, but I wonder about the detrimental effects of overspending, which is likely to happen if you are shopping too much (in my opinion). I hate shopping (except online), so I guess I better compensate. 🙂

    20's Finances

    November 29, 2011

  6. 20’s, I agree that the risk of overspending is very real if you are out and about daily.

    Barb

    November 29, 2011

  7. I think any activity can be therapeutic depending on who you are what you enjoy. But with everything, you should never go to extremes. The true definition of health to me is balance. Eat balanced, shop balanced, sleep balanced, socialize balanced etc.

    Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter

    November 29, 2011

  8. Interesting. Another benefit: while shopping you are exercising choice. For those who need to affirm their independence and/or fight tendencies to be too indecisive, it works with even small amounts of money.

    I’m not saying that retail therapy can totally substitute for real therapy, but for garden variety problems it might do the trick! And usually at a much lower cost!

    Maggie@SquarePennies

    November 30, 2011

  9. I definitely feel high and happy when I shop but I feel miserable and depressed when the credit card bill or bank statement comes in. It’s like a feeling of boom and bust. I now spend much more frugally which means I don’t experience the highs or the lows. Great article Barbara, you’re a gem. Keep the excellent posts coming.

    • Nick, Shopping, like anything else, is best done in moderation. Binge shopping (even on gifts) doesn’t work if you spend more than you have! When I want the shopping high, without the cost, I head to the dollar store!

      Barbara Friedberg

      December 3, 2013

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