Elizabeth Taylor once said, “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.”
A life without a little irresponsibility is hardly worth living. After all, what’s the benefit of living longer if those extra years aren’t enjoyable?
It’s hard to go a day without reading about something that you’re doing that is slowly killing you. Diet soda, for example is now believed to be worse for your waistline than regular.
Every once in a while fate seems to fall on our side, however, and a study comes out validating our secret desires. That bottle of wine you polished off will do wonders for your heart’s health. Too lazy to hit the gym today? You’re just taking a rest day to allow your muscles to recover. Can’t kick the caffeine habit? You are just trying to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
Some of these studies might need to be taken with a grain of salt (not too much though or you’ll wreck your blood pressure) but reading them has a way of relieving the feeling of perpetual guilt that the media tends to instill upon us.
Check out our list of 14 vices that are actually somewhat virtuous and hopefully your day will improve!
Moderation is very important here as excessive consumption negates all of its benefits. That being said, having a drink every now and again can help to: reduce your risk of developing heart disease, reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack, reduce your risk of strokes, lower your risk of gallstones and possibly reduce your risk of diabetes.
Good news for all cubicle workers and Social Media junkies. Using the internet may actually improve your brain’s ability to function.
Unfortunately, this may not be the case for celebrity gossip columns. But each time you use the web in a thought provoking manner, that is, in ways that invoke analytical thought; you create new pathways in the brain improving the thought process.
You can thank Harvard for yet another excuse to eat chocolate. According to their research, the sweet stuff contains oleic acid which is the same stuff that makes olive oil a heart healthy choice. It also has a cocktail of heart healthy flavenoids and amino acids.
The result? Fewer clogged arteries, lower blood pressure, healthier insulin levels (assuming you’re eating it in moderation) and a decreased risk of blood clots. For best results, stick to a small serving size and go for dark chocolate.
While too much caffeine has obvious drawbacks, a few cups of coffee a day might be considered a wise health decision. It can help your brain function according to an Australian Study, increase stamina according to The Canadian Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology and ward off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Sweets for breakfast
Feeling guilty about the donut you just ate for breakfast? Don’t worry. A study from the Tel Aviv University reported that when participants indulged in sweets for breakfast they were more satisfied and experienced fewer cravings throughout the day than those who were given a low carb breakfast.
So it’s ok to indulge in the morning assuming you keep your binge eating to a minimum for the rest of the day.
Olive oil, wine, cheese, bread and most importantly, wine! Who knew these could be good for you? Scientists claim that eating like the folks who live in Greece, France, Spain and Southern Italy will improve your heat health.
We aren’t going to argue!
Losing your temper
According to The American Psychology Association, expressing your anger is much more beneficial to your health than the alternative. Doing so can help clarify relationship problems, close business deals, spark political change and give people a sense of control during uncertain times. Expressing this emotion instead of bottling it up can also reduce anxiety
Sure it’s calorie dense and often found in candy bars, but this classic American staple is good for your health. It’s high in vitamin E, niacin or vitamin B3, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. It’s also a great source of vegetable protein and has no cholesterol.
According to a German study, taking restful breaks from tedious tasks (spreadsheets anyone?) can help improve your body’s ability to block or tolerate pain. In other words, a Facebook break now and then can help rid you of your tension headache.
Watching scary movies
Love scary movies? Here is one more excuse to tune in, according to a study at The University of Westminster, people who watch adrenaline boosting movies like, “The Shining” burn up to 113 calories in a 90 minute sitting session. That’s the equivalent of a half hour walk or enough to counteract a candy bar.
So go ahead and buy tickets to “Evil Dead”.
Getting an adequate amount of sleep is important to almost every facet of your overall health. It can improve memory, and boost your immunity. One study even indicated that people who got less than six hours of sleep per night were more likely to be overweight or obese than those who slept at least eight hours. So go ahead and hit snooze.
Skipping a workout
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but taking the occasional day off is almost equally as important. Rest days allow your muscles to heal and grow, prevent overtraining and injury, and even aid in weight loss by preventing plateaus. So it’s ok to hit up a happy hour special in lue of your usual workout today.
That four letter word that so instinctively escapes your mouth when you stub your toe actually works to lessen the pain. According to a study from John Atkins University, researchers believe that swearing may increase aggression and release adrenaline which, in turn, blocks pain receptors.
Who doesn’t love cheese? Researchers have discovered a natural fatty acid in whole dairy that helps muscle burn blood sugar more effectively. Their 20-year study showed that folks with the highest levels of this fatty acid in their bloodstreams had a 60 percent lower risk of developing diabetes. Fats are also known to curb your appetite, by triggering the release of the hormone cholecystokinin, which causes fullness.