10 Naughty Things To Do For A Happier Life

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By Lorilei Alexander


Usually people associate the word naughty with an action that is either mischievous or indecent and that could get you into trouble. Well here is a list of ten things that are currently considered naughty but are actually really good for you. Over time, I bet others will make this naughty list a part of their normal routine and perhaps even add a few new items of their own.

1. Have make-up sex every time. You should be getting busy at least a couple of times a week anyway. Sex boosts your immunity, lowers your blood pressure, reduces anxiety and the best part is that it counts as exercise. So why not head to the bedroom after a little lover’s quarrel? You’ll get all of the above benefits, plus it will make you feel emotionally closer to your mate in short order.

2. Eat the thing that you crave most. Stop denying that voice in your head that is yearning for cookies or other prohibited treats. Depriving yourself will only make you irritable, lead to more cravings and eventually cause you to break your strict diet for good because you are miserable. Occasional ‘cheating’ on your diet can actually positively stimulate your thyroid and rev up your metabolism. Feel free to indulge in your favorite treat once in a while, particularly when that cookie monster inside is getting more earnest. Take a cue from these artists who clearly stay fit but have no compunctions about hitting fast food row

3. Drink every day. This should not be read as ‘get drunk every day’. The alcohol in beer and wine helps stimulate liver antioxidant production, protects against heart disease and lowers the risk of hypertension. Of all alcoholic beverages, red wine is the megastar. It contains antioxidants such as resveratrol that have been shown to lengthen life span and reduce bad cholesterol. So go ahead, kick back and enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day with your meal.

4. Have a real talk with someone, not just chit chat. Find someone you have been meaning to spend some time with or would like to get to know better. Have a real heart-to-heart conversation with them in which you really get to know them (i.e. no topic is off limits). It is better to do it over a drink. If you said something too offensive, you could always blame it on the liquor later.

5. Clean out your closet and afterwards, reward yourself with a shopping trip. It feels good to let go of things that you don’t use anymore. Ask your siblings if they would want your old clothes or donate them. Treat yourself to one new purchase for every five pieces you give away. You deserve it.

6. Walk around the house scantily clad (or naked) and whenever you pass your reflection gasp and say, ‘You’re hot!’It is time to banish the negative self-talk. In most cases, such talk is simply not true but if you repeat it long enough, you may start to believe it. So tell yourself that you are amazing, brilliant and sexy every day. Read the full article at:


Merchandise Matrix, By Jody Yaniv

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Do we really buy a product for the product itself, or do we buy into the notion that we will become a different person after acquiring that product?  Is that item some kind of magical amulet that will transform you into a more desirable individual with a charisma quotient that goes through the roof?  If you really believe that to be the case, then the price of those brand new boots, sunglasses, watch, smartphone or fill-in-the-blank is a definite bargain. 

Regretfully, I have spent thousands of dollars on material items that have given me a few hours of gratification at best, but have not changed me in any way.  A good portion of my youth has been spent trying to discover my best, most incredible self in malls or store catalogues.  By some random fluke, I was able to receive several fashion magazine subscriptions for free.  After a few months of sifting through endless ads on facial serums, clutches and bangles, I had the startling realization that I have been living in a Merchandise Matrix all my life.  Everywhere I go, whether it is in my car, online or watching television, there was some billboard, ad or commercial telling me I needed this one special product to make my life complete.

Not everyone goes through this aha-I’m-living-in-a-web-of-lies moment in the same manner, if at all.  For Sapphire, a singer with pop rock group Millennium, it was living out of the country for a while that allowed her to get some space from the materialistic clutter.

‘I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to live abroad for a couple of years in a beautiful, quiet seaside town.  Instead of driving cars, people took pleasant strolls around town.  In place of malls filled with mass produced items, there were bazaars filled with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted pieces.  In place of Starbucks, there were quaint cafes where people spent hours in deep conversation.  And in place of Whole Foods, there were farmer’s markets filled with the biggest, most brightly colored fruits and vegetables I have ever seen.  When I returned to the US, I must say I was impressed by all of the abundance in this country.  But I soon realized that it was mainly an abundance of stuff and a significant lack of the things that really matter, like quality time with loved ones, children, parents and good friends.’

Put another way, Sapphire was unplugged from the matrix and once you have been unplugged, you see the material world in a whole new light.  Now I am not promoting an ascetic lifestyle or asking you to ban the purchase of all material goods for the rest of your life.  But before you whip out that credit card to buy the next new, shiny thingamabob, ask yourself if you are purchasing this particular item because of its actual benefit to you, or because you want to look like the model on the magazine (who just so happens to be heavily airbrushed by the way).