Shopping is actually good for your mental health and science proves it

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Remember when Cher and Dionne took Tai to the mall to help her get over Elton in Clueless? And when Carrie buys a new pair of shoes when she's down? Oh when Becky said, 'When I shop, the world gets better' in Shopaholic?

Turns out they were all onto something, because science has proven that shopping therapy is actually a thing.

The Journal of Consumer Affairs has just published a study showing that there is a link between shopping and death - bear with me.

A group of people were asked to reflect on their demise, specifically a tragic and early death. The group was split into two, on the one hand those who had sensible spending habits, and on the other, those who buy often.

The first said they wouldn't spend anymore, however the latter group said they would shop even harder. The study concluded that they went shopping as a means to cope with early death and help alleviate the emotional pain.

In other words, shopping made them happier. Sure, not the best news for your credit card, but happiness is priceless, right?

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.