These “Bad” Habits Can Actually Be Good for You

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We all have good and bad habits, and most of us want to improve our lives by fixing the “bad” things in our behavior. You may be surprised that some habits that are famously considered bad can actually be good for you in one way or the other. Below are some of them so think twice before you completely ban them from your life!

Sleeping In

Why it’s bad: It’s often believed that the key to a successful life is productivity, and the key to productivity is getting up early. On your journey to a better, more fulfilled life, sleep is probably the first thing you’ll sacrifice.

When actually: Sleeping until you’re fully rested and wake up naturally has significant health benefits. Also, if you recharge during the night, you won’t have the urge to eat too much during the day.

Being Messy

Why it’s bad: If you have someone over and your home is messy, you probably don’t feel so great. In our culture, messiness is a sign of bad organization and sloppiness and it’s usually frowned upon.

When actually: Being messy helps boost creativity, as proven in recent research done at the University of Minnesota. Author Kathleen Vohs explains that “while cleaning up certainly has its benefits, clean spaces might be too conventional to let inspiration flow.”


Why it’s bad: Despite being an activity that most people enjoy, gossiping is often seen as an untrustworthy behavior.

When actually: Gossiping helps us bond with others and makes us feel better about ourselves at the same time. It’s an activity that relieves stress and anxiety.