A new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has revealed that shopaholics who like a bit of daily retail therapy are likelier to live longer than people who open their wallets rarely.
Researcher Janine Wiles, who looked at almost 2000 elderly Taiwanese, said people who are shopping frequently are quite likely having lots of social contact, which is also strongly associated with well-being.
The research by University of Auckland has liked shopping to a longer lifespan. Meanwhile, Massey University lecturer Juliana Mansvelt said another benefit may come from the physical activity of walking from store to store.
The shopping trips seem to keep the elderly busy and added a sense of purpose to their lives. Moreover, shopping is not the same as a purchase as older people talk about the pleasure they feel in finding bargains. They may ring up their children and inform them about the special deals on offer.
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