Bad Habits that Are Good for You

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’ve dieted before, you’ve probably heard the saying, “Everything in moderation.”  But as it turns out, the motto may also be true for our bad habits.

ABC’s Katie Couric spoke to Dr. Ryan Fuller, a clinical psychologist, about the positive impact some of our bad habits may have if we keep some control over them.  

Take procrastination, for instance.  Dr. Fuller says a little bit of procrastination can actually calm us down, temporarily relieve stress and help us approach tasks more efficiently when we begin them.  

There are two types of procrastinators, the ones who blow off a task and miss a deadline and the ones who just wait until the last minute because they thrive on the adrenaline rush.  If you’re the latter, odds are you’re OK.

Dr. Fuller also said a little bit of red wine (one glass a day for women and two for men) is perfectly fine, and so is a little chocolate.  In fact, the flavonoids in dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease.  

Taking a catnap during the day can also keep your mind sharp.

But what about coffee?  Is it bad for us?

The answer is no — in moderation.  A cup or two of coffee can stimulate you and may even have other health benefits.  But always consult a doctor about these things before making your individual plan to either break or embrace a habit.

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