For many men, the idea of heading to the mall and waiting around while their partner shops is like a trip to the dentist: boring, expensive, and often actively painful. But according to a study reported by the AARP, the opposite should be true, because going shopping can provide significant health benefits, especially for men.
The study looked at nearly 200 Taiwanese men and women over the age of 65 who lived alone and compared their weekly shopping habits with their rates of mortality. The female participants who reported shopping every day were found to be 23 percent less likely to die, and that increased to 28 percent for men.
Now before you start adding zeros to your credit card bill, it's definitely worth mentioning that it wasn't the spending of money that was the important factor in these results, so much as simply being more active, socializing more, and having more money to spend in the first place (i.e., having a higher standard of living). But even without treating yourself to a new pair of shoes every week, spending time out of the house, socializing, and generally avoiding the mentally degrading effects of loneliness are all potential benefits of a trip to the shops.