Have you tried giving up some of your bad habits but failed miserably in the attempt? Don’t stress! Some of your bad habits could actually be good for you when you practice them in moderation. If you’re in a bad mood, they may change your state of mind, leaving you feeling better. In some cases, they could also benefit your health.
Here are 8 such bad habits that may actually be good for you.
8 Bad Habits That May Benefit You
1. Being Messy
If you tend to clutter your surroundings, you’ll be surprised to know that it can actually be beneficial although this habit might irk people around you. Recent research suggests that a messy environment can make you more goal-oriented.1 Not just that, messiness has also been found to enhance creativity by helping your inspiration flow.2
While gossiping too much isn’t a great habit and can make you unlikeable, doing it occasionally is fun and could be good for you because it can make you laugh and bond with people, relieving your stress and anxiety. Gossip can also promote cooperation and friendship.3
If you’ve been told that fidgeting is an annoying, unhealthy habit, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Fidgeting is said to help burn up to 350 calories a day. Research suggests that those who spend most of their working hours seated are likely to be subject to lower mortality risk if they fidget often.4 So, if you’re someone who keeps tapping your foot or squirming in your seat, fret no more! Keep at those habits and lose some calories.
4. Chewing Gum
While chewing gum when you’re at work or at an interview is inappropriate, doing it when you’re on your own could help you relax and make you more productive.5 It’s a great stress relieving activity and may help calm your nerves. Not just that, it could also make you less sleepy, thereby making you more productive.
5. Drinking Coffee
If you love coffee, small quantities of it – about 2–3 cups a day – can actually be good for you. On days when you’re groggy and tired, drinking coffee enhances your metabolism and make you alert. In the long term, moderate coffee consumption can reduce the chances of premature death due to cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, type 2 diabetes, and depression.6 However, remember that drinking too much coffee is likely to have detrimental effects on your health.
Daydreaming is often associated with laziness and procrastination. What’s interesting is that letting your mind wander in between tasks is said to make the parts of your brain associated with problem solving more active, enhancing your problem-solving abilities. However, keep in mind that daydreaming increases the amount of time you spend on tasks; so, ensure that you don’t daydream in the middle of important tasks!
7. Skipping Showers
Showering daily is said to strip your skin of good bacteria and natural oils that keep you hydrated. So, skipping showers once in a while may actually do your body good. Keep in mind that it’s okay to skip showering only when you haven’t been doing rigorous physical activity.
While swearing too much and unnecessarily is obviously not a great idea, occasional swearing may help in blowing off steam if you’re dealing with a lot of stress at work. It may also relieve any short-term pain you may have. Swearing too much every day, however, may not give you much relief from any pain you’re experiencing. You should probably resort to it when you’re in crises.
If you have any or all of these annoying bad habits, don’t get too worked up; some of them could actually benefit your mental and physical health.
|↑1||Fennis, Bob M., and Jacob H. Wiebenga. “Disordered environments prompt mere goal pursuit.” Journal of Environmental Psychology 43 (2015): 226-237.|
|↑2||Tidy Desk or Messy Desk? Each Has Its Benefits. Association For Psychological Science.|
|↑3||Feinberg, Matthew, Robb Willer, Jennifer Stellar, and Dacher Keltner. “The virtues of gossip: reputational information sharing as prosocial behavior.” Journal of personality and social psychology 102, no. 5 (2012): 1015.|
|↑4||Hagger-Johnson, Gareth, Alan J. Gow, Victoria Burley, Darren Greenwood, and Janet E. Cade. “Sitting time, fidgeting, and all-cause mortality in the UK Women’s Cohort Study.” American journal of preventive medicine 50, no. 2 (2016): 154-160.|
|↑5||Smith, Andrew P., Katherine Chaplin, and Emma Wadsworth. “Chewing gum, occupational stress, work performance and wellbeing. An intervention study.” Appetite 58, no. 3 (2012): 1083-1086.|
|↑6||Moderate coffee drinking may lower risk of premature death. Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health.|