Research shows retail therapy is effective

People who bought items were happier

Published On: Jan 27 2014 09:10:27 AM EST

It's been said that 'money can't buy happiness,' but new research is showing otherwise. 

The Daily Mail reports a study done by researchers at the University of Michigan show retail therapy helps those who are sad to feel in control. 

The study compared those who shopped to people who window shopped and browsed.  The study revealed buying to be more effective.  People who shopped were happier. 

Researchers said shopping wasn't just a distraction.  Previously shopping was thought to only mask the real problem at hand.  

The research shows that the shopping process helped people to no longer be sad.