5 Habits People Say Are Bad For You But Can Actually Be Good

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We all have those habits we make resolutions not to go back to but sometimes… sometimes they aren’t “that bad”. It depends on how you look at it. Angles can be a tricky thing. Just as standing at different angles can take the perfect picture or a terrible one, depending on the angle of your argument, those “bad” things may not be that bad.

Disclaimer: We aren’t encouraging you to “do” these things. We are just encouraging you to not beat yourself up when you do them too much. Sometimes, perspective is everything.

1. Gossiping

No one likes to be the subject of the gossip but everyone loves a good gossip. Not only does listening to gossip help us to learn more about the characters of those around us, bonding and having a laugh with your peers also releases feel-good hormones which help to relieve stress and anxiety.

2. Fidgeting

A lot of teachers tried to nip this in the bud because fidgeting can be very distracting but if you still find yourself just standing up, bouncing a knee or just moving around in your chair, there’s good news. Research suggests that fidgeting can burn up to 350 extra calories a day, helping you to keep off those excess pounds. If you want to lose more weight, you can add a few more movements or exercises when you start to feel nervous/bored and you start fidgeting again.

3. Daydreaming

Many of us view daydreaming as a sign of laziness or form of procrastination but researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that letting your mind wander can actually help boost your problem-solving abilities.

4. Skipping a shower

We aren’t giving you a pass so you stop bathing. We are saying that the once in a while skipping of shower isn’t that bad, especially when you’re alone and you’re the only one that can smell you.

Daily washing not only strips your skin of the natural oils that keep it hydrated and supple, it could also strip your skin of good bacteria that help to prevent disease. If you do decide to skip a shower, just try to do it on a day when you won’t be vigorously working out! As said earlier, no one wants to smell you.

5. Not choosing the ‘low-fat’ option

No, we’re not about to open the floodgates and say deep-fried foods or butter drenched popcorn are healthy. But always refusing foods high in fat can be harmful. Fat is essential in the absorption of some vitamins and required by our body to produce hormones. And unsaturated fats, including vegetable oils and nuts, reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure and can improve blood cholesterol, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Sources: realbuzz.com and besthealthmag.ca

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