From conception until death, people are constantly engaged in activities of one sort or another. To be alive is to be doing something, whether it contributes to one's longevity, shortens it, or has no effect whatsoever on how long one lives. Some activities—essential or unessential—are performed regularly and repeatedly, whereas others occur only occasionally. One activity that takes place quite regularly is spending. Spending can be traumatic, but it can also be enjoyable and even therapeutic. A twist on the saying, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going," is the prescription that "When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping."
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When over eighty years of age, the poet Bryant said that he had added more than ten years to his life by taking a simple exercise while dressing in the morning. Those who knew Bryant and the facts of his life never doubted the truth of this statement.