Retail therapy boosts mood, says psychologist


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 03 Aug 2020

Malls like Pavilion Kuala Lumpur have a wide range of retail offerings, including fashion, dining and urban leisure to suit every individual’s shopping needs.

STUDIES have shown that shopping, or should we say retail therapy, can positively affect your mood.

The act of visiting your favourite store or buying an item on your wishlist floods your body with dopamine — a neurotransmitter responsible for the feel-good sensation that fuels your search for pleasure and rewards.

According to consultant clinical psychologist Dr Paul Jambunathan, “retail therapy is widely used as a coping mechanism to give shoppers a sense of escape, renewal of purpose and happiness.”

Coupled with the social setting of a vibrant shopping environment, retail therapy invigorates and boosts feelings of well-being.

“Having control contributes greatly to your happiness and shopping is a way to exercise control, boosting your confidence as you are the one calling the shots and deciding what to purchase.

“Shoppers are able to plan and shape their desired outcomes, cultivating a sense of mastery and accomplishment, ” he said.

A day of retail therapy can easily uplift spirits and diminish frustrations from the things that are out of your control.

“Remember that one of the greatest antidotes to emotional distress is social support.

“Going out shopping or sharing a meal with your family and friends allows us to recalibrate and maintain mental well-being.

“Quality time spent with your favourite people makes you feel good and reminds you about what is truly important, ” said Jambunathan.

With the great summer luxury sales still ongoing as well as other exciting deals, promotions and rewards to be redeemed, city-centre malls like Pavilion Kuala Lumpur are ideal places to shop for happiness, whereas suburban shopping centres such as 1Utama are a preferred entertainment and leisure destination for the family.

With the wide selection of retail offerings around, now is the time to indulge in guilt-free retail therapy.

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