Buy Nothing Day?
Today is Black Friday, everyone knows that, but it is also "Buy Nothing Day." Wha? If you're not inclined to go shopping today, no worries. Not shopping, and in fact getting rid of your belongings, can actually make you happier. According to the New York Times,
"Amid weak job and housing markets, consumers are saving more and spending less than they have in decades, and industry professionals expect that trend to continue . . .On the bright side, the practices that consumers have adopted in response to the economic crisis ultimately could — as a raft of new research suggests — make them happier. New studies of consumption and happiness show, for instance, that people are happier when they spend money on experiences instead of material objects, when they relish what they plan to buy long before they buy it, and when they stop trying to outdo the Joneses." More, including how giving up your belongings can make you happier, here.
There you have it, non-shoppers! For more about Buy Nothing Day, instead of shopping, go here.