Shopping may be bad for your wallet, but it can be good for your health.
It is actually therapeutic for some people.
Actress Jennylyn Mercado, for example, calls it her stress buster.
In a previous intertview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), she said, "Hindi naman ako yung sobrang into branded stuff.
"But I like shopping, kahit window shopping. Gusto ko yung tumitingin-tingin, 'tapos kapag hindi ko siya nakalimutan, babalikan ko, saka ko bibilhin."
In fact, a study conducted by the Journal of Consumer Affairs in the U.S. showed a link between shopping and recovery from difficult situations, such as breakups.
The people in the study were in two groups—one had members with sensible spending habits; the other loved shopping.
The conclusion was: Those who spent more were able to move on faster.
An article published on the website of Psychology Today seconded, "Retail therapy can be a rich source of mental preparation.
"As people shop, they’re naturally visualizing how they'll use the products they're considering, and in doing so, they're also visualizing their new life.
"And, as many great athletes will attest, visualization is a performance booster and anxiety reducer."
According to studies, buying something you like also produces endorphins, which are the chemicals in your brain that make you feel good and happy.
Fitness-wise, it can help burn 385 calories a week, according to an article published by the Telegraph.
It cited a study in United Kingdom illuminating that a shopping activity at a mall for two and half hours results in an average of 7,300 steps, which is close to the "10,000 steps per day" recommendation of England's National Health Service.
So shopping is good for your heath, but do it in moderation.
Do not be a Rebecca Bloomwood in the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic.
The minute you turn into a compulsive buyer, and has this uncontrollable desire to shop and overspend, retail therapy becomes a much bigger problem.
Shop because you need it, and your health counts on it. Get those endorphins, being happy is priceless!