I remember as a kid, having something bad happen, and my Mom would take me shopping.  Retail therapy we called it.  I still do it.  If I have a bad day, a "prize" makes me feel better.  It doesn't have to be something expensive, but it makes me feel happy.  I found this study from Daily Mail, and thought I would share it with you, along with the secret to happiness...shopping!

The study says shopping, or treating yourself  to something nice at the shops apparently has a 'lasting positive impact on mood' and leaves 'few if any negative emotional side-effects'.

Researchers conducted hundreds of interviews at shopping centers as well as asking shoppers to keep diaries of their shopping behavior, moods and buys they regretted.

The study, published in the Journal of Psychology and Marketing in the U.S., concluded: 'Retail therapy purchases were overwhelmingly beneficial, leading to mood boosts and no regrets or guilt.'

Get out there and get shopping!  Don't forget to get me a prize...