WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUL. 10, 2015
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10 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good for You

Some bad habits are just meant to be preserved. Despite the fact that these are considered to be generally unhealthy – not to mention self-destructive – scientists believe that they can actually be good for you. Even though they don’t exactly make you the most polite person in the world either, in a way they can help you become healthier.

Don’t believe me? Check out the following list of the ten bad habits you are given permission to follow:

See Also: How to Break Bad Habits

1. Drinking Coffee

Drinking coffee in moderation – that translates to no more than three cups a day – actually has more benefits than you think. Not only does it speed up your metabolism through caffeine, it also improves your stamina while exercising, it keeps you happy, and it reduces the risk of kidney disease and the old-age diabetes.

2. Eating in Bed

What better place to eat than your bed, right? If you enjoy eating in bed, you will definitely be delighted to hear that you can now ignore your mother’s advice about eating your favourite meal in bed. Even though it may not be the most hygienic thing in the world, it does help with food digestion. Apparently, sitting upright in bed and supporting yourself with pillows activates a long nerve called the vagus nerve which facilitates digestion.

3. Gossiping

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You’ve grown up only to learn that gossiping is bad for you and the people around you. But what if I told you that you no longer have to resist the temptation to hearing juicy gossip about your colleagues? When you accidently pass along the office kitchen, give yourself a break and listen to the gossip. It will help you learn more about the people you come in contact with daily and have a laugh, something that helps reduce stress and anxiety.

4. Swearing

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While swearing is intoxicating and can hurt other people’s feelings, sometimes it does help you balance your emotions at the same degree as losing your temper. Recent studies have shown that swearing at work can help you cope with stress and is an effective short-term relief from pain. So I guess next time you hear your colleagues swearing, you should thank them.

5. Drinking Beer

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If you love beer and you enjoy a pint once in a while, then here’s another excuse to drink more of your favourite alcoholic beverage: researchers argue that beer – not wine – is the best heart disease fighter. This is because it contains many antioxidants and minerals that protect your vital organs and bones. However, that is only if you drink no more than one glass a day.

6. Biting Your Nails

Did you know that biting your nails has its own benefits? Even though experts have said that biting your nails can be classified as a mental disorder rather than an actual habit, doing so boosts your immune system and makes you healthier. As it turns out, it eliminates bugs that can make you ill – so, unless your nails are dirty, you can bite them as much as you want.

7. Giving in to Your Cravings

Give in to your cravings to reduce cravings. Does this make any sense? If you are trying to lose weight and forcing yourself to follow a strict diet, it’s only natural that you crave for junk food or sweets. While it’s not wise to break your healthy eating habits, sometimes it’s okay to let go. This could be your little reward that keeps you happy and motivates you to stay on track.

8. Fidgeting

If you tend to fidget, you are more likely to have good memory skills and a fast metabolism. That’s probably because fidgeting can burn up to 350 extra calories a day, according to research. Apart from that, you are less likely to experience joint and back pain in contrast to those who don’t fidget, and you feel much more relaxed and stress-free while you are doing it.

9. Spitting

Overlooking the fact that this is just another gross habit, spitting can keep you healthy. This is helpful if you are a runner since your mouth and throat produces more saliva, which only creates the need for you to spit. Doing so allows you to breathe more easily and it improves your endurance.

10. Knuckle Cracking

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Despite common belief, knuckle cracking doesn’t weaken your joints and doesn’t lead to arthritis. A study that examined the health of joints on people who cracked their knuckles found that their joints were as healthy as those who didn’t. Apparently, doing so only makes them more flexible as it stretches them out, allowing a greater degree of movement in your hands.

See Also: The Not-to-Do List: 10 Habits You Need to Quit Now

It seems to me that all of these ten habits that are considered to be bad aren’t that life-threating, after all. On the contrary, they are necessary habits that are actually good for your health and overall wellbeing, reducing the risk of serious illnesses and anxiety.

So, are there any habits from this list that you follow? How are these affecting your quality of life? Let me know what you think in the comments section below…

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