If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people who have made the mistake of calling a furniture store and asking for a discount on a piece of furniture, you might be wondering how to handle it.
For some people, the answer is to complain.
For others, it’s more complicated.
A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology finds that when people feel overwhelmed by their experiences, they have less of a sense of well-being.
They’re less likely to feel good about themselves and their relationships.
And they’re more likely to engage in negative behaviors, such as spending more than they make.
The study is the first to compare how people cope with their emotions during stressful times.
The researchers asked participants to read a story about someone experiencing a loss, such the death of a loved one or a child.
Some of the participants read the story from the perspective of someone who had a similar loss.
Others read the article from the viewpoint of a person who experienced no loss at all.
The authors then asked participants how they felt about the story and how they would handle it in a similar situation.
They found that the people who had been reading from the story that had a loss experience fewer negative emotions, and were less likely than those who read the other story to spend more than their income on the item.
It’s important to note that these results don’t necessarily mean that you should avoid spending money on expensive purchases, says Emily K. Gartland, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia who was not involved in the study.
“We need to be careful about what we buy and how much we spend on those items,” Gartartland says.
“The findings should be interpreted with caution.
You can’t tell someone they have to avoid spending.”
If you need help understanding your own emotions, Gartman suggests starting with a simple list of your emotions.
You might start by looking at a list of negative emotions like sadness, anger or guilt.
“You can then start to focus on the positive emotions that are related to your own well-Being,” she says.