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How to control your own hands and eliminate shopping addiction | A study says

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LDon’t think that “buy shoes if you are happy, buy shoes if you are not happy” is just a slogan. Scientists believe that this speaks to the nature of human beings – when you are in a bad mood, you are more likely to shop.

Australian clinical psychologist Joanne Corrigan explained: “We reject irritability or restlessness, so we tend to do short-term things to make ourselves feel better immediately.” A survey conducted by the shopping website Ebates last year showed that more than 1,000 American adults interviewed As many as 96% of respondents admitted to shopping for their own pleasure. A study published in the journal Psychology and Marketing also pointed out that “buy, buy, buy” will indeed make people feel excited for a moment, and produce addictive feelings similar to alcoholics or addicts.

It’s a pity that this kind of happiness can’t last long, especially when it’s time to repay the money and find that it’s seriously overspending, it’s hard to get back. But why do we always commit crimes knowingly? A joint study by Harvard University psychology professor Jennifer Lerner, Columbia University’s Ye Li and Elke Weber found that when we are depressed or anxious, our self-control ability decreases and we are more likely to make wrong decisions. They believe that the anxiety caused by grief can lead to a desire for immediate rewards, even at the expense of greater rewards in the future. They call this phenomenon “myopic misery.”

Robert Frank, an economist at Cornell University in the United States, believes that self-control is the key to overcoming the shopping impulse caused by depression: including the “Stanford Marshmallow Experiment”, a child psychology study on delayed gratification, and various subsequent studies, etc. Children who are willing to wait in exchange for more rewards will perform better academically and healthily in the future. Therefore, in order to achieve lasting happiness, we need to overcome the urge for instant gratification. He reminded: “Although it is difficult for many people to do it, you should look far away instead of focusing only on the present due to impulse.”

It’s a pity that these beautiful words are always easier said than done. For most people, when they are impulsive, they lose the ability to reflect, act logically, and control themselves. So specifically, what should be done? Studies by scholars such as Northeastern University psychology professor David DeSteno have shown that simply being grateful can change our behavior. “This kind of pleasant experience can make you value the future and improve self-control.” He suggested that take a moment on a regular basis and think about some good people and good things that have happened to you, such as someone giving you courtesy, or helping you when you are in trouble Bundle. Thinking about these kindnesses from others can also lift your mood.

What if the desire to shop is really too strong to be restrained and avoided? Then make a compromise and buy it for someone else. Elizabeth Dunn, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, conducted experiments in Canada and Uganda. Participants were given a small amount of money, half of whom spent the money on themselves, and the other half spent the money on others. The results of the study showed that the latter had long-lasting happiness. “When people look back and remember that they spent money for others, they will be far more happy than when they think about spending money for themselves.”

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