It is common for people to have what they refer to as a “guilty pleasure“. When you first hear this term, you expect the “pleasure” to be something genuinely shocking. Often, it just turns out that it’s slightly cheesy music or very cheesy pizza. It feels like a little bit of a disappointment. What some people refer to as a “guilty pleasure” needs to be reclaimed for what it is – a treat, no guilt required.
When you talk about a treat, that’s something to be enjoyed and celebrated rather than hidden. Rather than feeling guilty about it, accept it as something special that wouldn’t be special if you have it all the time. There’s no need to wrap it up in anything more complicated than that. Save the guilt for things that really merit feeling guilty.
So, what makes something a treat, as opposed to a guilty pleasure or just something nice? Essentially, it’s that thing that makes it different from the everyday.
It Costs A Little More Than Your Usual
This can refer to anything from a meal in a restaurant to a bar of chocolate. When you pay that little bit extra, you might need to spend a little less somewhere else, but you know it’s going to be worth it. It’s not something you’re going to have every day – but then, you shouldn’t be having chocolate every day anyway.
It’s Something A Bit More Exotic
We all have routines for most things in life, from the clothes we pick out to wear for work to the food we take out of the freezer for tomorrow’s dinner. Every once in awhile, it’s a treat to buy, wear, eat something that we wouldn’t normally. If it’s something international, even better. It could be a blouse purchased in France. It could be as simple as some chips & crackers made from overseas; one way or another, a change is always nice.
It’s A Little More Calorific
Breaking a diet is a bit of a transgression, but only if you think of a diet as being a very specific set of rules. Really, a diet is about how you eat in general, not a list of foods you can eat with no room for compromise. If you’ve generally eaten healthily without consulting diet magazines, you can afford to push the boat out occasionally. Don’t make a habit of it, but it pushes the metabolism up a little anyway. So when you go back to eating sensibly (and yes, you’ve got to do that), you’ll see the benefits quickly.
As with all things good, treats are only earned if you’re honest with yourself. You will not get the joy from them if you make a habit of them, they’ll cease to be special, and you’ll simply end up feeling bad for overindulging. What’s the point in living like that?
Keeping a positive outlook on life means ditching the guilt and embracing the idea that you deserve something nice once in awhile. It’s a much more positive way to live life.