The Cost of Vacation, Part 3: Perfume and Makeup

Why do we buy things when we are feeling sad, or pensive, or thoughtful, or stuck in a brain loop about our own abilities? Because we want to treat ourselves, maybe. Because we want to be worth more than our current opinion of ourselves. Because sometimes a new idea, even if it is just a whiff of liquid praline, frees us from the place where we are stuck.