5 “Guilty Pleasures” You Don’t Need To Feel Guilty About
“Let’s Do What We Love and Do A Lot Of It”
From now on it’s “no more guilty pleasure” for me. Instead, I’m going to focus on pleasure and none of the guilt. How did these two concepts ever come to be married anyway?
So now if I want to watch the new season of “Keeping Up With Kardashians” while eating chocolate bonbons, I’m just going to go ahead and do it. I’m not going to let my guilt suggest it knows better. From now on, I’m going to forget the pretense and get over myself. After all, I have nothing to lose but my guilt
So here are five pleasures that you don’t need to feel guilty about.
- Watching Reality TV Everyone talks about reality TV like they’re the only ones in the world who watch it, when in reality (ha, ha), most people have indulged in this genre of television at some point in their lives. Whether it was back in the days of Jersey Shore and The Hills, or more recent staples like Keeping Up With The Kardashians and the Bachelor, we’ve all got our reality show of choice. Plus, why feel guilty about liking something so integral to pop culture?
- Eating Chocolate Listen, there’s a reason people eat chocolate – chocolate is good. Chocolate is fulfilling. Chocolate exists to be enjoyed, so why not go for it? And hey, let’s not forget that chocolate has some health benefits when consumed in moderation, too. Something that you don’t know about me is that I grew up living in Switzerland, the land of chocolate. For mid-morning snacks in school, we ate bread and chocolate.
- Staying In On A Friday Night Staying in on a Friday night, means you get to watch your favorite TV show, order in pizza (and not feel guilty about it) and get at least eight hours of sleep, wake up early and make yourself a hearty breakfast and be productive the next day. Embrace the staying-in life when the mood takes you – I know I do.
- Keeping Track of People On Social Media In case you forgot, it’s 2017, and most of the people in the world with access to the Internet are on social media. Most of those people have also used social media to check up on someone special. It could be an ex, a co-worker, someone you had a crush on, the significant other of someone you had a crush on, a professor, you name it. Just last week on Facebook, I was contacted by and old flame from college that I hadn’t heard from for years (ok, maybe decades). Now don’t get me wrong here: I don’t think there’s a room for unhealthy, non-consensual, actual stalking of a person. But benign social media activity… that’s usually OK.
- Spending Sunday Morning in Bed Reading There is nothing better than spending Sunday morning reading the New York Times’ Sunday Edition or a great novel curled up in bed. There are no deadlines to be met and the to do list has magically disappeared, as you sip a cup of tea or coffee and simply read.
Warning: reading in bed could easily become a habit as you start to enjoy the good life.
What are some of the things you like to indulge in? Your comments always bring a smile to my face and opens up our conversation. I love hearing from you!
image Helena Bonham Carter by Tim Walker for Vogue