Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Positive Side of Bad Habits


We all have at least one or two bad habits, but did you know 
that these habits aren’t necessarily bad, and in fact can improve 
your life?

Nail Biting – although it’s considered a bad habit by society, 
humans have been biting their nails since the dawn of time. 
Nail biting prevents your nails from getting too long and 
breaking or cutting you and it exposes you to tiny amounts 
of bacteria from residue under your nails. Research shows 
that exposure to small amounts of bacteria on a regular 
basis actually strengthens the immune system.

Bad Habits

Fidgeting Keeps You Alert – fidgeting is actually your brain 
trying to improve its focus and alertness in the same way that 
yawning is its way to get you more oxygen quickly. Shaking 
your legs, twiddling your thumbs, doodling, et”c, all help you 
focus when you’re tired or bored.

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Cursing – most people would frown upon swearing and 
cursing, especially around young children, but it also has 
appropriate uses; Researchers discovered that swearing in 
stressful times actually helps reducing your risk of a heart 
attack by half! Just remember that there’s a time and 
a place for everything…

Bad Habits

Daydreaming – daydreaming is the mind’s way to deal with 
complex problems by letting the conscious mind wander and 
allowing the subconscious to process and solve the issues. 
This also occurs if you’re doing a task which doesn’t 
require you to concentrate and allows your thoughts to roam.

Bad Habits

Gossiping – research performed in Brown University 
discovered that gossiping for even 20 minutes with a friend 
helped reduce tension and anxiety and boost the subject’s 
mood for up to 4 hours. Gossip is great at creating and 
strengthening bonds between people, but don’t use it for 
malicious and hurtful reasons.

Bad Habits

Being Disorganized – while some might think that disorganised 
people are lazy, the truth is that some people need a degree of 
chaos in their life and it helps them think outside the box. In a 
research performed a few years ago, students were put in tidy 
rooms and in messy rooms, and the ones in the messy 
rooms actually drew more creative pictures.

Bad Habits

Sleeping In – endocrinologists recently discovered that waking up 
before 6:30am increases a person’s risk of contracting 
cardiovascular diseases. The best thing to do is go to bed 
when you’re naturally tired and letting your body wake up on 
its own.

Bad Habits

Social Media – kids and their phones! Actually, also adults and 
their phones! Everyone seems to be hooked on social media, 
checking their Facebook and Twitter all the time. The benefit 
we draw from it is quite surprising; we tend to make statements 
on social media and people will hold us up to those statements 
just like we will do for them. This forces us and them to stay on 
track and achieve our goals together.

Bad Habits

Tanrums – expressing your anger in small amounts will reduce 
tension and stress, and is much healthier than bottling up all 
that anger and frustration inside. Kids know it better than us 
and that’s why they naturally do it. Just make sure you express 
your anger in a healthy way – punch a pillow, go off on a short 
rant, etc.

Bad Habits

Watching Cute Videos – if you think it’s nothing be 
procrastination, you’re dead-wrong. Watching videos 
helps the brain focus and complete tasks more effectively, 
and watching cute videos specifically increases our 
care-giving instincts and makes us take more care in the task 
we perform.

Bad Habits
 

  
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