Why do we do things that we know are bad for us? We drink copious amounts of coffee instead of getting a good night’s sleep, we watch four hours of Netflix instead of doing our homework, and we eat things we shouldn’t eat (I, for one, am no stranger to devouring an entire chocolate bar in five minutes flat), even though we know they’re terrible for us. Take for instance, us lucky people who are lactose intolerant. We know we shouldn’t eat it, but those chili fries covered in hot, melty cheese just look so dang good. But, is the instant gratification we receive from these things really worth it? From someone who spent the weekend throwing up because of said chili cheese fries: it is in fact not worth it. The after effects of downing three cappuccinos to stay awake, or finishing just one (read: three) more episode of The Handmaid’s Tale before bed, are also not worth it when you’re left feeling like you were run over by a truck the next day. In short: if something is going to give you immense pleasure right now, you’ll probably end up paying for it later.


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