Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Guilty Pleasures

Guilty pleasures.

Those harmless, little indulgences we enjoy, but feel like we shouldn’t because others would think us silly (or insane).

I have them. You have them. Everyone has them.

So strong is their lure that we can’t help but give ourselves over to them despite the risks of ridicule and whispering behind our backs.

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.

My guilty pleasures? Here they are in no particular order:

  • CBS’s “Survivor” – I haven’t missed a single season since the show began in 2000.
  • Thrift shopping – I love getting good stuff on the cheap.
  • “Gilligan’s Island” – I own all three seasons on DVD.
  • Rummaging through Walmart’s $5 DVD bin – I scored “Clueless” and “Legally Blonde” last week.

My most embarrassing guilty pleasure by far, however, is one that sadly no longer exists: “Flavor of Love” on VH1.

And now you know. No more secrets.

Three reasons why you shouldn’t feel guilty about your guilty pleasures.

Provided your guilty pleasures aren’t at the expense of anyone else’s well-being and they don’t turn into an excuse not to tend to responsibilities when you need to, embrace them.

Guilty pleasures can do you good.

  • They give you a much needed—and deserved—break.
  • They free your mind from worry.
  • They stimulate your creativity.
  • They strengthen the bonds with family and friends who share the same guilty pleasures.
  • They make you happy.

Yes, they might be awkward to admit to, but don’t feel guilty about having them.

Your turn! C’mon, be brave…comment here to share your guilty pleasures!

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