Three holidays (other than my birthday) that I look forward to every year are Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas. Ok. Black Friday is technically not a holiday, but my birthday is definitely one.
Thanksgiving for the family. Black Friday, because I get to go shopping for the family, and me, and business. Christmas for the long stretches of unscheduled family time.
This is the time of year when we all crave happy hormones and shopping is the ultimate thrill. Shopping is complicated. We get to decide what we need (or want) and what we can do (or buy) to make other people happy. Sometimes we buy in hopes that they’ll also get nice things for us in return; which will then be a wonderful, happy-go-lucky cycle of serotonin and dopamine release of happiness.
Marketers know this. They’ve created entire targeted cycles to attract their target consumer — YOU.
It works – most of the time.
We all love it, even though January may have us counting pennies from the piggy bank and counting the days till the tax refund hits your account. (Except if you’re a business owner, then you’re low-key scared of the taxman).
Shopping is exciting. Getting nice things is great. Getting NEW things, that are also nice, is downright orgasmic. Giving someone something and watching them respond with glee and delight is mind-blowing.
Here are some tips to get your happiness explosions while keeping your bank account intact – which is the ultimate combination of joy.
We all like new things. We all LOVE nice things. Commit to getting both AND keep your budget intact. But remember that true long-term happiness isn’t found in things. It’s found in loving the people that bring joy into your world.