These 5 "Bad" Habits May Actually Be Signs of Intelligence
In this perfection-obsessed world, it seems that everyone is striving toward breaking bad habits and eliminating their vices. Whether it's the clean-eating craze or a social media cleanse, most people are praised for overcoming bad habits and trading them in for more worthy activities. So what would happen if people embraced certain traits that are typically viewed in a negative light? While the "everything in moderation" rule still applies, giving in to certain seemingly bad behaviors might actually be good for you, Business Insider reports.
While most would argue that procrastinating is a definitively negative quality to be avoided at all costs, Wharton professor and author of Originals Adam Grant has another opinion: He argues that people should veer away from associating procrastination with laziness and instead think of it as waiting for the right time for creativity or your next big idea to strike.
A study on the virtues of gossip found that sharing information to help someone else can make you feel better. It's called "pro-social gossip," and it can make you feel calm and even lower your heart rate. This, of course, differs from the kind of gossip centered around spreading rumors or putting others down.
So long as your tardiness doesn't impact your personal or professional relationships, being late might be a reflection of a positive personality trait. Author of Never Be Late Again Diana DeLonzor believes that late people tend to be optimistic (albeit slightly unrealistic). According to DeLonzer, people who run late usually do so because they truly think they can achieve more in a short period of time than they can.
Keeping Your Desk Messy
A disorderly desk might frighten off type-A co-workers, but research suggests that there could be an upside to a messy workspace. One study found that disordered environments like a cluttered desk could increase people's preference for clear goals. Tell that to the next person who questions your ways.
It turns out that daydreaming is related to creativity. A study published in Psychological Science found that allowing the mind to wander can help with creative problem solving—a desirable trait in many places of work. The magic number for the perfect amount of time spent daydreaming is 12 minutes. Next time you're stuck on a difficult project, take that time to step back and let your brain wander before returning to the task.
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