Nice But Naughty

tony leather By tony leather, 22nd Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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You might, for instance, feel wicked about liking to eat chocolate now and again, but do feel free, because just the smell of chocolate can have chemical effects, raising levels of Immunoglobulin A in the immune system, helping to protect against respiratory problems, as well as making you smile

Nice But Naughty

Ever been somewhere, where you find you know that person, across the room, looking like Mr or Miss anorexia 2011, despite shoveling food, as if it were a race, between their lips as if it were going out of fashion? You tell yourself that these must be genetically flawed, as those who weigh heavier on the scales of life, simply do not have such vexing have problems.

How many times have you, despite your inner voice, thrown caution to the wind and just done it, whatever it was, simply because it felt good, and even though you knew there would be a price to pay? Almost certainly every day of your life, probably, because the way we humans are, we cannot help ourselves. You may, actually, be doing yourself a lot of good, sometimes, without knowing it, so maybe you need not feel so guilty, when all is said and done

The study of pleasure itself, known as Hedonic Psychology, is research conducted by a growing, international organization, of scientists and doctors, dubbing themselves the Association for Research Into the Science of Enjoyment, ARISE for short, they are fully committed to the theory that says, a bit of what we fancy actually DOES do us some good, even if we have our doubts

You might, for instance, feel wicked about liking to eat chocolate now and again, but do feel free, because just the smell of chocolate can have chemical effects, raising levels of Immunoglobulin A in the immune system, helping to protect against respiratory problems, as well as making you smile. Cocoa beans are the most important ingredient of chocolate, and had been known, and used by the Aztecs, treating depression, and, believe it or not, low sex-drive, so do not hestitate, from time to time.

It is believed by historians that Casanova drank cocoa, as his bedtime drink, perhaps because it contains traces of pheylethylamine, a natural amphetamine, released during lovemaking, and also theobromine, which is a powerful stimulant. This legendary lover knew what worked for him!

If you are one of those who do worry about weight, and diet, teaching yourself to take pleasure from fruit, or exercise, may be vital, but you simply should not ever ignore the pleasure principle. The Happiness Project, advising the likes of British Telecomm, on ways to make staff happier and more productive, was founded by Robert Holden, some years ago.

They had conducted research, which found that happy people not only accept themselves more easily, but also enjoy life more, simply accepting themselves as they are, and being positive about changes they feel they need to make. Food and drink can obviouly make you happy, though they also found that flirting, with the opposite sex, was very good for you as well.

This quote, of Richard Burton’s spoken reaction, to his first sight of Elizabeth Taylor, really does say it all. ‘She was so extraordinarily beautiful that I nearly laughed out loud. She was famine, fire, destruction and plague, her body a miracle of construction. She was lavish. Those huge violet blue eyes… had an odd glint… Aeons passed, civilizations came and went while those cosmic headlights examined my flawed personality’.

The magical instant, that flash of recognition, that attraction exists between you and another, makes you float on air, and almost always results from what started out as harmless flirting, something else that has been a subject of serious research, for over 30 years now. Leading light in this specialized field, Irendus Eibl-Eibesfeld, has studied flirtation in many species, especially human, concluding that the very act increases ones feeling of well-being, the more you flirt, the better you feel.

In response to flirtation, the brain actually produces higher levels of Seretonin, and other endorphins, each one of which will have the effect of both putting you at ease, and making you feel good, boosting your immune system, lowering your blood pressure, and generally helping to make you feel healthier, into the bargain. Laughter is a very potent medicine indeed, and should be indulged in as often as possible

Happiness Project leader Ben Renshaw maintains that contentment is peace of mind, and joy is happiness of the spirit. Being able to be kind to yourself, even when you feel down. Happy people are, quite simply healthy people, however they find that happiness, and wherever they might be

Things that you really enjoy, such as laughter, sex and chocolate, are good for your health, without a doubt There are 300 active ingredients in Cocoa, not least antioxidants, thought to lower the risk of heart disease and strokes, protect against cancer and even slow down aging, to some degree!
We can hardly resist giving in, to one temptation or another, from time to time, no-one being immune from. Overdoing it can obviouslylead to problems, so next time you start to unwrap a tasty treat, think it over. The benefits of pleasure can outweigh the disadvantages, and what you know to be a bit naughty, can at times be very nice.


Nice But Naughty, Pleasure, Satisfaction, Sin, Temptation, Wickedness

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mainly non-fiction articles, though I do write short stories, poetry and descriptive prose as well. Have been writing for over ten years now

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