A meditation on work, the stone age, and what makes shopping literally dope.
It’s a glorious day – we love the month of May. Workers’ Day is a celebration of us who drive the economy, something essential during this time of poor economic growth in the country.
But by simply doing what you love, i.e. shopping (who doesn’t enjoy shopping?), you get to help improve the economic outlook.
Every day, the markets either bear down on us (that’s a bear market, in case you were wondering – when the markets are poor) or they lift up their horns (that’s a bull market, when the markets are doing well and there’s a metaphorical stampede to buy stocks).
So we need to do our part!
Shopping is good for you.
It’s also been scientifically proven that shopping actually releases a chemical called dopamine, which is the feel-good chemical, in the brain. We evolved this as a ‘reward’ for completing tasks.
Evolutionarily speaking, it meant that when you successfully hunted mammoth and brought home mastodon-sized ribs to your cave family, dopamine was your reward.
Fortunately, to get a release of this amazing chemical, you don’t have to face a herd of tuskers anymore (with little more than a pointy stick).
All you need to do is work hard at the office, complete tasks, and then, using your well-earned cash, come spend some of it on lovely things like clothes, DVDs, games, and food conveniently packaged for you.
(Yes, ladies and gents, ‘retail therapy’ is a real thing.)
Best of all, these days the search for food means you don’t have to worry about sabretooth tigers waiting to pounce on you in aisle 10 of our Woolworths.