Bad Living Is Good Living?
Source: Open Talk Magazine 11/12/2010 01:28:00
Are you the type of person that enjoys going out to drink beer on a regular basis? Do you wake up in the morning and leave your bed unmade because you’re too lazy to do all the folding and flattening down of sheets that cleaning up requires? Do you, perhaps, get angry easily and are often told that you need to take a “chill pill”? As it turns out, every person has a flaw that could be called bad behavior, but what would you do if someone told you that 'bad behavior' could sometimes actually be good for your health? It sounds crazy, right? But it’s true. Of course, there are some things, like smoking and gorging on sweets, that no one could ever recommend to be a good thing in disguise, but the following three habits not only give emotional benefits but can also be physically beneficial.
Lets face it, many people are very judgmental and a lot of times, people judge individuals who like a beer or two every now and then. Have you ever heard someone say that a glass of wine a day will keep the doctor away? Well, why not a bottle of beer? Recent research has found that drinking beer could actually have stronger properties to fight against heart diseases than red wine. Beer is made out of malted barley, and barley has always been known for being jam packed with antioxidants that help protect the heart. What beer has that red wine doesn’t is a high level of vitamin B6, which helps to prevent coronary disease and a nice dose of silica which helps to keep bones strong. Just remember that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. One beer a day is more than enough, and the pale drafts typically have much more silica than the dark drafts.
Leaving Your Bed Unmade
Not making your bed after you get up in the morning has always been considered a slob’s habit and many children have often faced the wraths of their mothers for not cleaning up before starting their day. It was recently discovered that leaving your bed unmade actually reduces the amount of allergens commonly found within the home. Why is that? Tucking in your sheets provide a cozy little spot on beds which are favorite spots for dust mites to start breeding. This means that making your bed every morning could actually be increasing the number of dust mites crawling around your bed. However, even if not making your bed can be good for you, make sure to change your sheets every now and then. We want dust mite free beds, not stinky ones!
Losing Your Temper Every Now and Then
There are many of people out there that have short leashes. If you’re one of them, don’t worry about it so much because getting ticked off can actually help you keep your stress in check. Did you know that angry people are known to be better with making snap decisions? More importantly though, it turns out that getting angry causes the brain to reduce the release of a hormone called Cortisol which has been linked to weak bones, heart disease and obesity. Just do everyone around you a favor and try not to develop ‘chronic anger’. Not only may you chase the diseases away; you’ll be chasing your friends away as well!
Over the years, we’ve heard many people tell us that bad behavior only leads to living a bad life. But recent science studies have discovered that this isn’t completely true, and that there are indeed some bad habits that will actually do you good. So why not start allowing yourself to be a bit naughty sometimes? It might just help you get a little bit healthier and stay a little more stress free.