6 Bad Habits That Are Suprisingly Good For You_1Not Making Your Bed 

It’s Good For: Lowering Your Allergy Risk

The Research: According to research conducted in London, when you make a bed perfectly every morning, you’re creating the ideal environment for the dust mites that contribute to allergies and asthma to thrive. On the flip side, leaving your bed unmade with the bed covers thrown back lets the moisture – which dust mites need to survive – evaporate.

Did You Know: Washing your sheets in warm, 40 C water only kills 6.5 per cent of dust mites. Water temperature needs to reach at least 60 C before the majority of dust mites are eliminated.

6 Bad Habits That Are Suprisingly Good For You_2Losing Your Temper

It’s Good For: Increasing life-satisfaction rating and extending longevity.

The Research: Scientist have discovered that holding your feelings in while you’re angry is actually a health risk. People who hold onto their feelings are three times more likely to admit they have disappointing personal lives.

Scientists also say restraining yourself when you are angry elevates your heart rate which increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. This could explain why fiery cultures have longer life spans compared to more reserved nationalities.

Did You Know: Scientists have discovered at least one “anger gene” that affects levels of dopamine, a brain chemical linked to anger and aggression. Called DARPP-32, there are three different versions of the same gene, two of which increase feelings of anger.

6 Bad Habits That Are Suprisingly Good For You_3Farting

It’s Good For: Preventing heartburn and high blood pressure.

The Research: The New Zealand Medical Journal says farting is a healthy habit, particularly when you’re on an airplane, because cabin pressure increases the amount of gas circulating in the digestive system. Researchers say holding wind in can lead to heartburn and increased blood pressure for those with heart problems.

Did You Know: The average person farts about 10 times a day, and while there’s no difference between the sexes in terms of frequency, it’s been scientifically proven that women’s farts smell much worse than men’s.

6 Bad Habits That Are Suprisingly Good For You_4Listening To Loud Music

It’s Good For: Improving your Mood

The Research: When the music you’re listening to reaches 90 decibels, an area in your inner ear called the sacculus is stimulated. And while the sacculus doesn’t have anything to do with actual hearing, it is connected to the part of the brain that’s responsible for producing the hormones we release when we’re happy. The scientists say it’s a mechanism that partly explains why attending a concert provides that “happy buzz”.

Did You Know: New research confirms that far from being a dangerous distraction, listening to music when you’re driving helps you focus on the road. So don’t worry if the only chance you get to turn the volume up is when you’re in the car.

6 Bad Habits That Are Suprisingly Good For You_6Daydreaming

It’s Good For: Firing up your brain’s creative skills.

The Research: Research in the UK confirms that people who are given the chance to let their mind wander tend to be much more creative than usual afterwards. It backs up an earlier US study, which found that, when faced with a brain-straining task, people forced to concentrate on the task for a lengthy period of time did far worse than those who were allowed to let their minds wander.

Did You Know: Research shows we spend 47 per cent of our waking hours thinking about something other than what we’re actually doing at any given moment – or in other words, daydreaming

6 Bad Habits That Are Suprisingly Good For You_5Fidgeting

It’s Good For: Improving your cardiovascular fitness

The Research: No matter how big or small, every move you make contributes to making your heart stronger and fitter. The Canadian study’s results support the theory that physical activity doesn’t have to be “planned” to have a significant impact on fitness levels and long-term health.

Did You Know: 43 per cent of people who make the effort to move around more during daily tasks hit the 30-minute target set by national physical activity guidelines, compared to just 10 per cent of people whose only activity is organised exercise.