Aren’t you tired of being too good? I am. But, you are also shy to be bad? Why? Society will punish you — with actions, words, and stares.
Imagine you’re Noland from Castaway, locked in an island.
In the midst of a solitary life full of uncertainties, you wish to get a tattoo, drive on the road’s the wrong side, smoke inside an elevator, play awful pranks, and party till late — only if you could go back where existence is.
But what if you’re not as lucky as Noland — who actually got a chance to relive? What if you spot angels before adopting so-called “bad” behaviors and depart with “I wish”?
“We live, or we die by the clock!” Noland shouts. “We never turn our back on it, and we never, ever allow ourselves the sin of losing track of time.”
So, time is all you have.
Doing what society wants you to do, often, devoid you of real fun, wasting your precious time, stealing the joy of weird experiences.
So, there is no harm in being a little naughty and doing things which, otherwise, are seen as threatening.
Yes, to be polite is suggestive; to be productive is appreciated.
But today I’ll advise you to be bad because being “bad” doesn’t take much. Don’t trust me?
See for yourself, as unappreciative social behaviors peppered in this post suggest violating some restrictive social expectations. Let’s dive:
1. Let Your Tongue Twirl
I have never sworn in public, like never. In third grade, I called my class fellow “stupid”, and that mama’s boy complained to the class teacher, destroying my image partially.
From that day, yes, life traveled a great deal — but the incident remained precisely in its place. I ensured to always maintain animosity against badmouthing.
Especially, swearing. But, as of writing now, my brain is nudging to change this hostility — all credit to the studies confirming how swearing helps one overcome frustration.
I used to roll my eyeballs on people who when stuck in traffic swear at others — but now I’m sure it helped them, as according to recent research, swearing helps people cope with anger.
Further, Richard Stephens of Keele University (UK), in his study published in Neuroreport, explains,
“There are many well-documented benefits of swearing, including improving pain tolerance, boosting physical strength, and helping social cohesion.”
Stephen carried out an interesting experiment where swearing helped in reducing and enduring pain.
People were asked to put their hand in an ice bucket; those who swore all the while were able to pull the challenge for two minutes, nearly double the time, than those who remained good mouth.
But, Stephen also explained how mainly occasional swearing helps alleviate the pain.
So make it only a casual habit, strategically deployed. Logic? Well, over-swearing will make it lose its emotional power, making it less effective in alleviating pain — after all, swearing is a dynamic language.
Don’t you think we need more such studies? Caught you!
According to another study published in the Leadership and Organization Development Journal by Yehuda Baruch of the University of East Anglia, swearing enables employees to channel frustration and develop strong social relations.
Take away: Swear, but strategically.
2. Get Disgusting
This one is probably the most disgusting. Weird. Strange. You name an awful feeling, and it is it.
But there has been research, so it’s worth a share. In 2008, Friedrich Bischinger, an Austrian lung specialist, explained how eating snot helps strengthen the immune system. He goes on telling,
“People who pick their nose and eat it,” he said, “get a natural boost to their immune system for free. I would recommend a new approach where children are encouraged to pick their noses. It is a completely natural response and medically a good idea as well.”
What is science?
Well, research says bacteria deposited on the nose when it hits the intestine acts as a medicine.
Bischinger was not alone. Even biochemist, Scott Napper of the University of Saskatchewan, shared a similar viewpoint, theorizing how hygiene improvement boosts allergies, so eating snot may strengthen the immune system by ingesting a few harmless germs into the body.
Interestingly, the same idea can be deployed on a lesser level of disgusting activity: nail-biting. I never had a habit of biting my nails.
Like never. But I had ample friends, always angry at their fingernails’ crooked appeal and stunted growth — clearly, they were nail-biters.
No matter how biting nails may appear displeasing socially, but medically, it’s right for you.
How so? Well, the biting inject germs directly into the orifice. Bringing in newer germs into the body strengthens your immune system as it repeatedly then fends off bacteria.
Additionally, according to Amy Standen of npr.org, nail-biting is now considered an act of “pathological grooming.” Amy interviewed Carol Mathews, a psychiatrist, who explained to her how nail-biting acts as a reward.
When met with anxiety, biting the right nail feels good. Mathew explains how it is an advantageous relief method over vices like smoking cigarettes.
I might be on the verge of losing my pretty nails — as the study of it being a stress reliever, illuminated me.
Take away: It’s alright to bite your nails for strengthening your immune system — but, occasionally.
3. Turn Into a Dull Useless Soul
Have you ever been subject to self-pity when boredom sucked the soul out of you?
After digesting this research, you probably would not, as boredom is psychologically useful.
Van Tilburg, from the University of Limerick, tells the Guardian:
“Boredom makes people long for different and purposeful activities, and as a result, they turn towards more challenging and meaningful activities, turning towards what they perceive to be meaningful in life.”
Interestingly, Adrian Savage, an editor at Lifehack, adds,
“Boredom stimulates the search for better ways to do things like nothing else does.”
Another study made people watch dull, boring videos, resulting in their increased performance in creative tasks.
So next time, when you feel an utterly useless person in boredom, think twice — as you are doing nothing but triggering your creativity.
Now I reflect why all the creative ideas always land in my mind when I have absolutely nothing to do — and the very reason why people’s random videos made during boredom go viral.
Takeaway: No matter how much society labels you as a useless couch potato, get intentionally bored for your next inspiration.
4. Become that Rude Movie Character & Chew
Why in every movie is a shady character always chewing gum?
I don’t get why people don’t consider it a pretty sight and associate it with mannerless.
An interesting study, instead, showcases how it has cognitive benefits.
Chew it before performing any cognitive task to increase the blood oxygen level. In the book Senescence and Senescence-Related Disorders, Kin-ya Kubo expounds on how chewing gum helps with stress-related disorders.
I can vouch for this.
Even if I forget to keep a gum with me, my best friend always carries it with her because it wonders for anxiety, stress, nausea, nervousness, and whatnot!
Studies have also proved how chewing gum boosts thinking and alertness by 10% as nearly eight brain areas get affected, mostly concerning movement and attention.
Andy Smith of Cardiff University sums up:
“The effects of chewing on reaction time are profound. Perhaps football managers arrived at the idea of chewing gum by accident, but they seem to be on the right track.”
Takeaway: Ditch the etiquettes and smack the gum in.
Final words for Something that Seems Bad But is actually Good
Why adopt any of the techniques laid above?
It’s always good to have a change. Life is short. Tasting “not so acceptable” behaviors frequently add spice to your life — even if momentarily.
Remember good behavior exists because of “Bad”, so do not dismiss the idea of bad behaviors completely.
Rather explore bad behaviors, which sometimes can be good for you.
Violate some outworn social behaviors classified as bad and be intentional about it.
Remember, it’s good to be bad with awareness rather than being good without awareness.
So next time when your brain requests you to try something terrible, give it a thought, at least — before rebelling.
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