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Whether you wander around the mall, flip through catalogues or surf websites at home, pretend shopping helps 76 percent of women de-stress within 20 minutes. The bright, upbeat images, the restful break from your usual routine and the feeling of indulgence that comes from “virtual shopping” triggers an uptick in feel-good beta waves in the brain, say University of Miami researchers. Bonus: According to Ohio State University researchers, women who love window shopping -- but keep their credit cards tucked away most days – are half as likely to struggle with severe stress overloads. The reason? They get the relaxing indulgence of shopping for pricey items without actually being saddled with extra debt.

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