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The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that “a growing body of brain research shows how shopping activates key areas of the brain, boosting our mood and making us feel better -- at least for a little while. Peering into a decorated holiday window or finding a hard-to-find toy appears to tap into the brain's reward center, triggering the release of brain chemicals that give you a ‘shopping high.’ Understanding the way your brain responds to shopping can help you make sense of the highs and lows of holiday shopping, avoid buyer's remorse and lower your risk for overspending.”

According to the WSJ, “Much of the joy of holiday shopping can be traced to the brain chemical dopamine. Dopamine plays a crucial role in our mental and physical health. The brains of people with Parkinson's disease, for instance, contain almost no dopamine. Dopamine also plays a role in drug use and other addictive behaviors. Dopamine is associated with feelings of pleasure and satisfaction, and it's released when we experience something new, exciting or challenging. And for many people, shopping is all those things.”
KC's View:
When we were standing on that long line last weekend, we didn’t feel like we were getting a charge from dopamine.

Just like a dope.

So we came home, started a fire in the fireplace, poured ourselves a glass of wine, turned on the computer, started up some Christmas music on iTunes, clicked onto and started shopping.

That’s when our dopamine kicked in.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…