I have thought multiple times before taking up this as today’s post title. Shopping, really! I mean yeah, for the women it’s kind of stress buster but for the gents, well I will keep is low now. So, yes shopping definitely makes its way on my happiness mantra list.

Shopping is a stress buster, a retail therapy which makes you feel happy, excited, and rejuvenated. This is surely not a solution to the problems, but a great chance to gather positive energy to fight it on. Shopping keeps you busy, out from the melodrama happening around, and concentrated.

“Money can’t buy Happiness, but it can buy some fabulous shoes. Which is pretty much the same thing.”


A couple of studies have also reflected, that retail therapy really works. A shiny stone in your ring, or some hot sassy red lipsticks, that amazing little black dress, or Jimmy Choo shoes. These things are not just for keepers, but to boost your soul (apologies for the hyperbole, I am talking shopping), with confidence. According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Psychology and Marketing, retail therapy can positively affect your mood. (1)

Also, read Rise and Shine.

How can Shopping make me Happy?

Shopping is happiness
retail therapy

Shopping makes everyone happy (apart from my better half, he gets all grumpy & a little crazy). Don’t we shop to celebrate special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, etc? Shopping gives you the experience of happiness.

Honestly, I love spending time out shopping alone, then sitting duck with issues hammering inside my head. The break from stress, boredom brings joy and spirit upliftment. Also, it’s a knowledge enhancer. You get to learn about the latest trends, designs, fashion, lifestyle, food, and much more.

But again, everything in moderation is the key to balancing our lives. Shopping helps only when it is not hampering your monthly budgets or getting addictive. Research has also proved shopping can become an addiction, and it won’t take time before you will be called – hoarder.

Before you start with the Shopping Therapy –

  • Spend the amount that is available to spent on shopping only.
  • Invest more time in personal experiences.
  • Do not stress-shop, it gets crazier.
  • Resolve between the need and desire.
  • Lastly, enjoy shopping as an experience instead of getaway.


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Ref – https://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/17/opinion/drexler-shopping/index.html

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Noor Anand Chawla · April 22, 2019 at 7:29 pm

Shopping is my favourite stress-buster too! Online shopping has made it more frequent than ever before.

    gleefulblogger · April 22, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Couldn’t agree more, shopping offline or online is great feeling.

Roma · April 22, 2019 at 7:35 pm

True dear there is nothing like retail therapy buddy but everything in moderation is best, isn’t it ?

    gleefulblogger · April 22, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    That’s exactly what I have mentioned in the last part of the post Roma, everything in moderation. Thank you for stopping by.

    Fred · April 22, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    I agree!

Sonia Chatterjee · April 22, 2019 at 7:42 pm

I haven’t found any excitement in shopping unless they were books. And then I had Tuneer. I haven’t stopped shopping for the boy ever since. For someone who restricted shopping to Amazon and Flipkart, I’ve explored the local markets to find something different from him.πŸ˜‚

abhijit · April 22, 2019 at 7:52 pm

I have to agree shopping, (computer, mobile phone, etc) can be a great stress buster. Excitement that builds in anticipation, makes me forget my woes. Then getting hold of the prized item, brings ecstasy. But after bringing the gadget home the tricky part of setting it up starts, then I lose interest. Besides shopping also costs money.

Priyanka Nair · April 22, 2019 at 9:06 pm

I like I like..Shopping works for me too, If not buying something for me, I buy pieces of stuff for my daughter and it makes me equally excited and happy. I love to explore local markets, if I am not in for proper shopping then I even hop to Friday bazars on Mumbai streets,

Sanjota Purohit · April 22, 2019 at 9:17 pm

I’m kind of opposite. I can say I don’t like to spend much on unnecessary stuff. So I’m not a shopping kind of girl πŸ˜€ I buy whenever I need something and that’s it. But I can relate your post with many of my friends who always drag me whenever they want to shop πŸ˜€

Deepa · April 22, 2019 at 10:20 pm

I love shopping too. Its actually a fact that it is a stress buster and therapeutic. I am sure many women would agree to this. πŸ˜‰

    gleefulblogger · April 22, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    It is, indeed. Even I was surprised hence shared the reference of the study. Thank you for stopping by Deepa.

      Pankti Hemant Parmar · June 19, 2019 at 2:46 pm


      I too love shopping and it’s truly stress buster for me.

Siva · April 22, 2019 at 10:34 pm

Women n shopping are twins

    gleefulblogger · April 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Hahahah I would call it conjoined twins πŸ˜‰ Thank you for stopping by.

    Gunjan · July 2, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Well I agree, money can’t buy happiness but can buy you stuff for some feel good factor and happiness

Anahita Irani · April 22, 2019 at 10:43 pm

Shopping is a stress buster indeed. Love shopping for household articles, footwear and above all perfumes. Good post dear.

    gleefulblogger · April 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Yay, I am so glad you liked the post, Ma’am. Thanks for visiting.

Anita Singh · April 22, 2019 at 11:30 pm

Shopping shyad sabko hi khushi deti hai, online ho ya mkt ja kar mujhe shopping me bahut maza aata hai, meri shopping husband, bitiya n ghar k liye jyada hoti hai 😊 infact sochti bhi hu ki ab sirf apne liye per ho hi nahi pata, bag inke samaan se hi bhar jaata hai

Manas Mukul · April 22, 2019 at 11:37 pm

See…i already wrote shopping being the happiness mantra for women. Found it surprising not many post on shopping today. NIce one.
#ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

Deepika · April 22, 2019 at 11:43 pm

I love shopping but not always.I am quite a budget friendly so don’t shopping much.But there is no doubt it is a great stress buster.

Neha Sharma · April 23, 2019 at 12:23 am

Haha, it is the other way round for me, most of the time. I get really stressed when I have to shop something especially for myself. I never get anything in my size not even shoes πŸ˜€ But yes when I get things for myself easily it does make my mood cheerful.

Shilpa Garg · April 23, 2019 at 12:35 am

I LOVE shopping. But over the years, I have become more of a sensible and buy-only-what-you-need shopper. Though this does not hold true for books! I like to do online shopping as well as shopping in the malls and in the narrow by-lanes of the old city too. It is a stress buster for me.

vidhya Thakkar · April 23, 2019 at 12:50 am

so true! it’s therapy!! But for me it’s like shopping quickly! I am a fast shopper!

Shalini · April 23, 2019 at 1:28 pm

Hehe.. Retail therapy is definitely a stressbuster! I would pick shoes and books any day. Makes me happy πŸ˜›

    gleefulblogger · April 24, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Thank you Shalini for stopping by. I am shameless shoe hoarder πŸ™‚

kushal · April 23, 2019 at 10:14 pm

Shopping is definitely a stress buster. However lately I have started being mindful and am intentionally disassociating shopping & food from stress. Also, I am quite curious & looking forward to following the Minimalistic living approach…

    gleefulblogger · April 24, 2019 at 11:25 am

    That’s a good move, I appreciate your time and view. Thank You

Atulmaharaj · April 24, 2019 at 6:38 am

I’ve done this many times in the past, shopped randomly. However the point you made about spending only a fixed amount is very important.

    gleefulblogger · April 24, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Thank you so much for stopping by Atul, glad you like it.

Sajid Akhter · April 25, 2019 at 1:46 pm

I am yet to know a girl who doesn’t like shopping. I mean as bread is to butter so is shopping to any girl. However, I must confess even I like shopping, it is a great stress buster provided you have enough cash in your pocket. πŸ™‚

Varsh · April 25, 2019 at 11:11 pm

Nothing like shopping to soothe an aching soul but it sure isn’t sane to throw any money where it isn’t required. I love shopping too but never buy on impulse which will make me regret later.

Manisha Garg · April 26, 2019 at 12:16 am

The best stress buster for any female. I love it too, no denying πŸ™‚

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