Nostalgia is highly impactful. Triggered by anything, from the smell of coffee to a musical note, it transports you to a moment of time that you cherished. While people often unconsciously use nostalgia as an escape, scientists have claimed that it can also help with your health, both physical and mental. While the mental effects are instantly and directly felt, the physical impact takes longer to manifest.
Remember how light it used to feel when we spent our days out in the sun mindlessly doing whatever came to mind? Be it just laying stretched out on the grass or noticing the shapes in the clouds, any such activity works. It has been proven that such activities help reduce stress which can speed up weight loss. When your body is calm, the stress hormone is reduced, thereby resuming the regular speed at which your body’s metabolism functions.
Recharge With an Old Friend
Scientists looking into Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Michigan have said that regularly catching up with close and good friends can work wonders to get rid of any tiredness you feel. When you spend time with your friends, you feel less lonely thereby reducing depression and fatigue through the release of dopamine.
Self-Control and Your Favorite Story
When you’re feeling lost or generally disoriented, it can help to watch a favorite movie or show or read a favorite book. A study published in the Social Psychological & Personality Science journal claims that immersing yourself in a familiar world with beloved characters makes you comfortable enough to fully relax, thereby eliminating any anxiety about the future.
A couple of hours before going to sleep, have a small snack that you enjoy. As per The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, having simple carbohydrates initiates the secretion of serotonin that helps you calm down and have a good sleep.
The Future of Shopping: ShopShops is China’s New Shopping App
Brick-and-mortar stores have been closed for most of 2020, and retailers had no choice but to get a bit creative to expand their customer reach. Many resulted in finding new ways, most of them virtual, to provide their clients with an intimate shopping experience. However, a new live stream app in China called ShopShops went the extra mile.
ShopShops Is the New Livestream App in China
ShopShops was founded in 2016 by Liyia Wu, and it started as a directory of U.S. brands. The market was Chinese visitors who were going to the U.S. primarily for shopping. However, since its foundation, the app has evolved into a network with a wide range of retail-experienced hosts. The app sells everything – from fashion to home decor, beauty, and more at a wide range of price points.
It has proven to be a huge success in East Asia as it has a QVC-like image. It even made its way to the United States in a beta version. The app is now available for everyone, and it even features designer brands like Marni, Rebecca Minkoff, and Anna Sui so that customers can shop for new-season items right through the app.
An Interactive Yet Virtual Shopping Experience
The live streaming functionality through ShopShops offers everything a customer would need to make an informed purchase. It’s all done through a live virtual event to give customers the interactive shopping experience they crave.
Customers have the option to ask questions in real-time about products, their fit, color, material, and more. They even have the option to ask their host to try on a clothing item to see the fit, turn it around, hold it closer up to see the details, etc.
Liyia Wu added that the ShopShops app was ultimately developed for entertainment and discovery. The hosts have the opportunity to curate their events and experiences.