Do you look forward to a cup of hot and fragrant coffee every morning? Can you not watch a movie without munching on some buttery and salty popcorn? If your answer is yes, then you can be sure you’re not alone. There’s a common belief that it takes 21 days for a habit to form. But Philippa Lally and her colleagues at University College in London proved that an average of 66 days is necessary in order to turn an action into something that you do without having to think about it. And getting rid of a habit that’s already been formed could take much longer. But it’s definitely worth considering which of your habits are healthy and which may be harmful.
We found out about a few common habits which would be better left in the past. Don’t worry if you recognize some of the things mentioned below. Just remember — any bad habit can be replaced with a healthier one.
9. Don’t put your feet up on the dashboard.
Passengers like to sit however they’re most comfortable. In many movies, the coolest characters are often filmed sitting in the front seat of the car with their feet up on the dashboard.
The reality is that this position is very dangerous. Apart from this being a horrible position to be in during a car accident, there is also a lesser evil to be aware of — braking. Keeping your feet up at face level means that your face will hit your knees if the car suddenly brakes or stops. The collision of your jaw and your knees can lead to bone fractures and an extremely long and difficult recovery period.
This is why it’s better to forget this habit and to get comfortable sitting with your back up against the seat, your knees bent in front of you, and your seatbelt across your chest.
8. Don’t hang wet towels on hooks and don’t gather the shower curtain to one side.
It’s almost an involuntary movement to open up the shower curtain after a shower, dry off, and hang up your wet towel. Unfortunately, this is quite an unsanitary habit. Bacteria can easily expand in the wet creases of the towel and mold can grow in the folds of the gathered-up shower curtain.
This is why it’s better to let your wet towels dry unfolded and to stretch out your shower curtain until it dries.