You probably think that people are at least in part joking when they suggest that shopping makes them feel better. You’re actually more likely to associate monetary transactions with buyer’s remorse. Chances are you generally believe that spending money is bad and saving money is good but when you think it over you realize that sometimes the former is good: when it improves your life.
These are some examples that transcend general materialism and/or hedonism:
You’ll feel more committed and excited to work out or play sports if you purchase related accessories and apparel.
You may be able to end your addiction to things like cigarettes and coffee by splurging on less harmful habits like vaping and drinking tea.
Using (pricey) organic ingredients is a healthful way to use your cash if you can afford to do so because you are what you eat.
Procedures like dental whitening and cosmetic surgery are superficial and are usually costly but can increase your self-esteem profoundly.
Medical appointments and prescriptions can be a pain but as they say health is wealth and you’re worth it.
Charitable donations are not entirely selfless because donating makes you feel good, especially when the cause hits close to home.
You’re more likely to succeed if you prepare for success: e.g., you’re trying to lose weight so you buy smaller clothes.
Some people say giving is the greatest gift of all since buying things for other people is pleasurable and provides you with good karma.
Purchasing products like computers advances your career by enhancing your productivity bequeathing happiness.
As you know you can take a vacation in order to rest and relax but you could also move to a new city and reinvent yourself.
If you’re a person of faith you can acquire sacred objects like amulets, incense and prayer rugs.
Depending on your interests you can buy items needed for healing modalities like aromatherapy, art therapy and homeopathy.
You can heighten your sense of agency by buying a new bike, skateboard, motorcycle, etc.
Retail therapy is real and you’re utilizing it any time you invest in a better life.