Want to Live Longer? Go Shopping
Retail therapy boosts interactions, exercise, and healthy diet
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 8, 2011 4:44 AM CDT
Updated Apr 8, 2011 5:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as retail therapy. We all knew about the mental health benefits of a good buy, but now researchers have discovered that shopping might actually extend one's lifespan. Men and women who shop daily live longer than those who shopped less frequently, found a study of people over the age of 65 in Taiwan. Researchers speculate that shopping likely improves exercise, social interactions, and diet, which could all contribute to a longer life, reports the BBC.

"Shopping is often for pleasure with the potential to increase psychological well being," the researchers conclude in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. "Compared to other types of leisure-time physical activity, like formal exercise, which usually requires motivation and sometimes professional instruction, shopping activity is easier to undertake and maintain."