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Turns Out Some Of Those Bad Habits Aren’t So Bad

If you bite your nails or constantly give into your cravings, you know how hard it can be to break a bad habit. Most people have been trained from a very young age that certain behaviors are bad, often leading to feelings of guilt and inadequacy when you can’t control the urge. The good news is, not all bad habits are as detrimental to your health as you might think; in fact, some of your little quirks might be improving your life. Before you set out to break your habit, find out if it is actually bad for you!

Skipping a Shower

You might lose a few friends around the lunch table, but missing a shower every now and then can actually be good for you, according to RealBuzz. Showering every day dries out your skin and strips your skin of the good bacteria that is needed to fight disease and illness, so don’t feel bad the next time you are late and choose to forgo bathing.

Sleeping In

Hitting your snooze button 10 times before you actually roll out of bed to get ready doesn’t necessarily mean you are lazy. According to Bustle, waking up when your natural circadian rhythm tells you to wake up may help you keep your metabolism up. Also, if you like sleeping in, you may be less likely to overeat.

Drinking Coffee

If you are one of those people who need to have a coffee fix to get going every morning, you can finally tell coworkers and family that it is good for your health! Obviously a venti double-cream white chocolate mocha with extra whip isn’t on the healthy list, but a traditional cup of coffee in small amounts speeds up your metabolism, boosts your endurance and may even reduce your risk of gallstones. According to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, drinking several cups of regular coffee can boost your mood and reduce your risk of suicide by as much as 50 percent.

Shopping

Money can’t buy happiness, but sometimes splurging on an item can bring a wave of delight that is similar to euphoria. According to LearnVest, the good thing is, this happiness isn’t related to the amount of money you spend. You can put a limit on your spending and purchase smaller and inexpensive items to achieve the same result. For example, reward yourself for staying on budget with a small box of chocolate or a new pair of shoes in order to keep you motivated.

Swearing

Regular swearing is an unattractive habit for anyone, but if you tend to occasionally let a strong word fly, you might just be maintaining your health. Swearing over frustration can help you cope with stress, and provide a moment of humor for the people around you under appropriate circumstances. Plus, letting go when you’ve stubbed your toe or if you hit your thumb with a hammer can actually help provide short-term relief from the pain.

Indulging in Chocolate

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Eating sweets excessively can cause weight gain, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and inflammation within the joints. However, when eaten in moderation, chocolate can boost heart health, keep you alert and even release certain neurotransmitters that make you happy, including phenylethylamine, which can stimulate the same feelings you feel when you are in love. As a plus, a lovely bite of dark chocolate is also rich in health-boosting antioxidants.

So before you pledge to give up your favorite vice forever, take the time to do a bit of research first, & share what you discover with your friends. Many of those “bad” habits might actually be beneficial to your health and happiness in ways you didn’t even realize!

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