By: Victoria Jones
We often talk about stopping our bad habits or at least making an attempt to change them, but what if our bad habits are actually good habits? Here are a few habits that initially seem bad, but turn out to be good for your health.
Some people are addicted to chocolate. They have a “chocolate habit.” People will tell you not to eat too much chocolate, but Jeanne Louise Calment, the oldest woman in the world on record who lived more than 120 years, would disagree. Ms. Calment ate 10 pounds of chocolate every month, all her life. Calment, from Arles, France, went on to live for 122 years and 164 days. Another 3 years and she would have lived in the 19th, 20th, and 21st century, which is quite amazing. Her chocolate habit didn’t seem to cause her any harm.
Another bad habit, especially for teenagers is sleeping in late. People say that sleeping in late is wasting your day, but it can sometimes have its own benefits. Sleeping in helps to better organize one’s memory which can help to improve long-term memory, thus improving performance in school or at work.
This may seem surprising, but drinking coffee isn’t as bad and harmful as many people says it is. This does not mean you should go drink mug after mug after mug all day. As with most things, moderation is key. Two cups a day would be a good limit. Caffeine helps to reduce the risk of kidney stones and gallstones. Coffee can also speed up your metabolism. Research has proven that two to three cups a day of this favorite drink can counter depression symptoms and diabetes due to old age. So, you can go ahead and drink your coffee, just make sure you limit yourself to the recommended amount.
Fidgeting is yet another bad habit of teenagers and people dealing with stress. Teachers and parents across the country want students to stop fidgeting, but research suggests that fidgeting may not be all that bad, especially for adults. Research suggests that fidgeting can burn up to 350 extra calories a day, helping to keep off the excess pounds you may accumulate.
As surprising as this all may seem, bad habits can actually be good habits. So, even though you may be getting scorned for your bad habits, they may really be beneficial. Think twice before stopping your bad habit because it could actually be good.