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Is Retail Therapy a Real Therapy?

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Retail Therapy

Healing Lesson of the Day

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Is retail therapy actually a healing therapy or a form of addiction? Ask yourself if your shopping adventures are mood-lifters or budget-killers? Maybe some of both?

Retail therapy is a term that has both positive and negative meanings. Advertisers will sometimes refer to "retail therapy" as a lure for shoppers to buy their products. It's okay to splurge now and again, but what if you've become a shopaholic who spends money as a way to fill a void or give yourself a temporary high? If the fun is in the getting, rather than the having, you likely have a shopping addiction. Everyone wants to reward themselves or treat themselves with a new toy, pretty, or gadget. Indulging in some retail therapy from time to time is not a problem unless you are having financial difficulties or are feeding your hoarding habit. It can also be problematic if you are in a relationship with someone who has issues with your spending habits.

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