NEW YORK (Learnvest) — You swore off coffee – then caved when you hit a particularly stressful deadline.
You don't eat any chocolate anymore – unless there's no one around to see you.
Well, now you can flaunt those "bad" habits, because it turns out not all of them are so bad. In fact, some of them are downright good for you.
For instance, did you know sleeping in can improve your memory? Or that eating chocolate might even make you live longer?
We took a deeper look into 10 bad-habits-that-aren't. Turns out all these little things you may have been berating yourself for can actually benefit your health, your money and your motivation.
Study after study shows money doesn't make us happy. We'll make an addendum: Money doesn't bring you lasting happiness, but there's no denying the rush of a splurge.
Research shows that our increase in happiness isn't proportional to the money we spend, so treating yourself to a $50 blouse may actually bring you less total happiness than spending the same money on a small accessory every week or two. After the initial wave of delight, we adjust to our new situation very quickly each time we get something we want, whether it's big or small. Unfortunately, that first rush of euphoria is short-lived.
As a result, little, frequent splurges give us those bursts of happiness over and over.
That's why buying things you enjoy can actually be good for your money. The key is to spend in a premeditated, controlled way. For example, you might choose to reward yourself for staying on budget by buying fresh flowers at the end of the month, which will keep you motivated to stay the course.
No one is saying you should drain the coffeepot twice over before 10 a.m., but research shows a reasonable amount of coffee does you more good than harm. Not only is coffee no longer associated with heart disease and stroke, but it also has antioxidants. It's been shown to fight Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer.