I have two theories as to why guilty pleasures are termed “guilty”: Someone out there is trying to stop us from enjoying ourselves, or someone is trying to amp the joy from doing them. In Hermione’s words, “It’s sort of exciting, isn’t it? Breaking the rules.” Either way, if it doesn’t involve breaking into someone’s house or breaking the bank, keep indulging! It’s the small pleasures in life that matter, and we all deserve some happiness – guilty or not.
Convinced? Read on for 3 quick ways to make your life one big guilty pleasure.
1. MAKE GUILTY PLEASURES A DAILY THING
Life is depressing enough. Or if you’re a hopeless positivist, life can be even better than it already is! Whether it’s a trashy romance novel, Backstreet Boys, or rewatching Titanic again for the 20th time, you know you deserve it when you’ve worked so hard the entire day. Make it happen – every day.
2. MAKE GUILTY PLEASURES A PRIORITY
If you’re anything like me (that is, *clears throat* giving, kind and always putting others first), you might tend to procrastinate doing something nice for yourself. Don’t! You are as important as anyone else, so make some time each day to indulge in a little “guilty” (read: liberating, exciting, good) fun.
3. TRY SOMETHING THAT YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED, BUT NEVER DARED TO
And the best tip of all, and this is one of my favourites – just do something so radically different, something so “not you,” but something that you’ve secretly always wanted to… People might laugh! Family might scoff! Laughing friends might deride (cue Smoke Gets in Your Eyes)! But if hooking your leg and swinging around that dance pole is what you really want to do, put them 6-inch heels on! It might be for you (like you’d always suspected it’d be), or it might not – but do you know what you’ll find in return? A liberating, cat-stretching sense of self-gratification that You. Did. It. All because you wanted to, even if it was something others might judge you for!
You might already know… I am convincing you as much as I’d already convinced myself. I’ve already made it a plan to indulge in my own set of guilty pleasures, and the best feeling is when I let the world know about them. That’s liberation and a confidence surge when you own it!
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