That a little retail therapy can be beneficial, both mentally and physically. Surprisingly, shopping can actually be good for you! And you don’t necessarily have to spend a penny to reap some positive effects, like:

1. Social connections. Shopping with family or friends, even interacting with other shoppers and sales associates, offers an opportunity to get out and connect with other people.

2. Exercise. Believe it or not, you can put in a lot of steps on a shopping excursion. Try mall walking, browsing from shop to shop on your local streets or even making a few extra laps around your favorite grocery or big box store.

3. Increased creativity. Sometimes, shopping can an effective means of getting your creative juices flowing. Try “window shopping” to formulate a plan for putting together the perfect outfit or furnishing your dream bedroom.

And if you decide to spend some of your hard-earned pennies? Researchers at the University of Michigan recently confirmed that retail therapy has some emotional benefits: “…making shopping choices helps to restore a sense of personal control over one’s environment and thus helps alleviate sadness.”

One of the best-kept shopping secrets on the south side of Atlanta is the Wedgewood Boutique at Wesley Woods of Newnan. Located just off the main lobby, this unique shop stocks a wide selection of reasonably priced, one-of-a-kind gifts for all ages and occasions, chic ladies’ apparel and accessories, baby gifts, home décor, handbags, jewelry and more. Special events like the Holiday Sale, Bunny Bash and End of Summer Clearance feature seasonal items at bargain prices.

Ready to indulge in a little retail therapy of your own? Come shop the Wedgewood Boutique! Hours are Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and closed on Saturday. Follow Wesley Woods of Newnan on Facebook and be the first to know about special promotions at the Boutique.

Wesley Woods of Newnan offers an energetic lifestyle in an elegant Southern setting. Call 770-683-6833, visit wesleywoodsnewnan.org to learn more.