Focusing your efforts on something that brings you consistent joy may not actually be a bad thing. In fact, it can help you succeed in other areas of your life as well, provided it doesn’t damage your health.
Here are at least ten addictions with benefits:
- Working Out
Isn’t exercise the answer to just about everything?
It builds muscle, burns calories, keeps you fit, releases good brain chemicals and leads the way to a healthier lifestyle. It’s about the best addiction you can have, and you can work out every day if you like.
- Being Outdoors
Why are we always told to get some fresh air? It’s because nature is healthy for your body.
Sunshine boosts your mood and ups your vitamin D levels, which protect against diseases and keep your bones strong. A break from the real world also clears your mind, creates inner peace and lowers your stress level.
Basically, nature acts as a powerful healer. So take your work outside or go for as many nature walks as you want.
We usually think about the dangers of caffeine, but coffee actually has plenty of benefits.
The stimulants can improve your physical performance and increase metabolism, which means you burn more calories in a workout. Coffee is also loaded in antioxidants and a fair amount of nutrients. Even the thought of a warm cup puts some people in a better mood.
- Fixing Things
Maybe you like to discover why your car has been making that strange noise or why your roof keeps leaking. Fixer-uppers are great hobbies to preoccupy your time. You learn something new, develop a good sense of focus, avoid procrastination and accomplish something practical.
So go ahead and obsess over de-weeding your lawn, or fix up your old mustang. They’re projects worth tackling.
- Singing in the Shower
We’re all guilty of this one, but who can’t help testing those acoustics when you step in the shower?
That’s because singing physically and mentally affects your body by releasing endorphins, circulating more oxygen and providing a means of escape. These effects can range from making you smile to decreasing depression and anxiety.
So grab that shampoo bottle and belt out your favorite tune.
- Arts and Crafts
Scrapbooking, pottery, painting, corkboards: There’s no limit when it comes to expressing yourself through art.
Psychologists encourage releasing your creative energies because there’s a therapeutic technique behind it, whether you’re the viewer or the creator. So try out some different crafts or continue to build the birdhouses you love.
While it’s not the most polite thing to do on a job interview, it’s a great way to keep your blood flowing when you have to sit for long periods of time.
Without some type of movement, your body builds up tension and your limbs fall asleep. Changing your position, twisting your hair or drumming your fingers keeps you in motion and productive on the task at hand.
Customs bring a sense of peace, familiarity and connection between people. From a simpler perspective, doing things a certain way all the time is just comforting.
Many people see importance in tradition, whether it’s observing a certain holiday or eating pizza with friends on a Friday night. It gives you something to look forward to and doesn’t change among the fast-paced society we live in today.
- Community Service
Volunteering in your local community, or even internationally, is the most guilt-free addiction you can have. The pleasant feeling you get when you help someone benefits you mentally by lifting your mood, but there’s also selflessness in your actions from serving a greater purpose.
Moderation in All Things
Of course, enough can’t be said about enjoying things in moderation. Try not to put important things on hold to satisfy your cravings. In fact, the less you indulge in your addiction, the more enjoyable it is when you finally do.
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