A guilty pleasure, defined by Urban Dictionary (my go-to dictionary), is: something that you shouldn’t like, but like anyway.
But wait…why shouldn’t you like it if you like it? Who’s saying you shouldn’t like it? Why should you feel guilty and ashamed?
Stop calling it a guilty pleasure
Unfortunately, we tend to feel like people are going to judge us when we admit a “guilty pleasure” because it might make us look “dumb”, “selfish”, “uneducated”, “unhealthy”, etc. But, at the end of the day, no one should be judging us for what we like in the first place, and if they are…that’s just negative energy…and rude!
LIKE what you want to like.
I don’t have guilty pleasures
A few years ago (when I was in the midst of some health issues), I would have been able to easily list my guilty pleasures (mainly in the form of food). But recently, I saw a question about “what’s your favourite guilty pleasure food”, and I couldn’t think of one. I no longer feel guilty for eating three chocolate chip cookies in one sitting (this is something I did last night after I made the BEST freshly baked cookies)…or having a Kraft Singles grilled cheese for lunch. I don’t eat these things every day, but when I do eat them I happily enjoy them. It’s all about balancing the three cookies with some extra greens at dinner…you know? I don’t feel guilty about having a glass of wine while I watch Netflix…most nights…because I balanced it out with a bunch of water during the day…and maybe even a fitness class. I also don’t feel guilty or ashamed about admitting that I love The Kardashians because it’s just mindless fun…and we all need mindless fun after spending a full day using our minds at work.
If you like something…just ENJOY it…and stop using the term guilty pleasure, just refer to your “guilty” pleasures as indulgences! You’re allowed to indulge and you’re allowed to be do things for yourself – it doesn’t make you selfish.