Family shopping can be a source of joy and adventure, but can also be a place where our emotions can run wild.
A new study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that when we shop for food, clothes, or furniture, we can be emotionally attached to the people who are shopping for us.
“People who shop with others often share similar emotional and social attachments,” lead researcher Jessica Tolan wrote in the study.
“In our study, we found that family shopping may be a type of emotional bonding experience that can help us to experience happiness and joy more naturally.”
A common way to bond with others is through a shared love for the same food or clothing item, the study notes.
In a similar way, a shopping trip to a new location can help a person connect with their family members, especially if they were visiting for a day or two.
It can also help ease the strain of a long commute, Tolan said.
“It may be that these experiences can make us feel closer to others, and this could help people feel more in touch with their families.”
This research adds to the growing body of research indicating that people who spend time with family are less likely to feel anxious and depressed.
The study suggests that spending time with your family can help you to feel more connected to your loved ones and that shopping can alleviate some of the stress you may experience when you’re traveling.
But the new study also shows that we may not always be so happy or relaxed in our shopping experiences.
While it’s not entirely clear what triggers the bonding experiences, the researchers said that the research suggests that it could be due to: emotions related to the food you’re buying or buying from a particular place, including the food or clothes that you’re purchasing, and the location you’re shopping at