Mental Health: Retail Therapy Doesn't Work
Renunciation contains an element of joy, struggle, enthusiasm and freedom: it is the relief of finally being freed from dissatisfaction. - Matthieu Ricard
To be clear, renunciation is not a wish to abandon our family, friends, home, job etc: rather, it is a mind that functions to stop attachment to unsatisfactory, short-lived pleasures, like retail therapy, that release dopamine and endorphins into the brain - for a moment. We are all emotionally intelligent enough to understand that it doesn't treat the core of our mental or emotional distress.