Lauren’s List: The “Bad” Habits That May Be Good For You

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Today’s “Lauren’s List” proves sometimes it’s good to be bad.

Scientists have long studied the pros and cons of human behavior, from hygiene habits to organizational styles.

Well, it turns out they have found there are actually some bad habits that can have positive results, according to Business Insider.

1. Biting your nails: Parents are constantly scolding their children to stop biting their nails, but some scientific research indicates it might actually be good for you. Researchers followed about a thousand kids into their teenage years and adulthood, and found that those who habitually bit their nails were less likely to have developed allergies.

2. Complaining: I’m not talking about endless whining, but experts say those who complain “mindfully”, meaning they have a specific result in mind, are happier than those who simply vent. And when you do complain, don’t be hostile, and be sure tell whomever you’re complaining to that you appreciate anything they can do to remedy the situation.

3. Keeping a messy desk: Now, don’t start hoarding every Post-it and pen. This is not about having junk everywhere! However, some research suggests messiness encourages people to be more goal-oriented, thus inspiring them to seek order elsewhere. So if your desk is messy, chances are you’re too busy reaching other more important goals. Sounds good to me!

4. Running late: As a person who believes you’re only on time if you’re 5 minutes early, this one is tough for me. But a New York Times report says people who tend to be tardy are usually optimistic, if not a bit unrealistic, which affects their perception of time. In other words, they usually hope for and expect the best, so score one in the positivity column for all of those procrastinators out there!

I want to know what so-called “bad habits” you have that may actually be a blessing in disguise.

Tell me on Facebook ( or Twitter (@LaurenPastrana).

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