Forget Publisher's Clearing House. The National Retail Federation is my bearer of good tidings.

In my selfish little girl-world, I can contort bad news for others into good news for myself. This narcissistic habit of mine is made especially easy when the good news involves shopping, sales, and Christmas. Lucky for me, the NRF's recent survey concluded that, due to the slowing economy, U.S. shoppers will most likely decrease holiday spending to the slowest pace in 4 years. As a result, it's probable that retailers will be prompted to offer better-than-usual discounts.

Don't worry, I'm not a total sociopath. I know it's hard dealing with the wonderful, glorious discounts they'll have to offer as a result of their weak September same-store sales. And I totally sympathize with the multi-billon dollar retailers in their misfortunes.

Okay, so that last part was a lie.

But I will say that as I peruse the Wal-Mart Stores clearance racks over the holidays, I'll say a little prayer to help boost the economy. And as I trample the little old lady walking too slow down the middle of Target's Home & Garden aisle, I'll think about the suffering of all the corporate giants this Christmas.

I know, I know. Some would say I'm self-absorbed, but I see it as merely staying positive. In fact, it reminds me of an adage my wise grandmother always said: don't look at the cup as half empty, look at it as half-off.