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21 Guilty Pleasures We Refuse to Stop Indulging In
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A guilty pleasure is something that you enjoy doing, even though it may be embarrassing, taboo or even shameful for you to admit it. This could be anything from grabbing another slice of cake when you know you shouldn't, to renting a cheesy rom-com and ordering takeout on a weeknight. 

But just because they aren't held in high regard, doesn't mean you need to give them up — and they aren't as uncommon as you might think. With the help of our community at Fairygodboss, we've compiled a list of guilty pleasures that feel way too good to let up — and you shouldn't have to!

1. Dancing like no one's watching.

Call it "risky business" if you will, but there's nothing like cranking up the volume on a good Kelly Clarkson song and getting your groove on. Grab your hairbrush, hike up your socks and dance like no one's watching... even if they are.

2. Creeping on Facebook or Instagram.

Maybe you've found yourself scrolling through your exes new partner's page? Or, you clicked through one page, then another, and another until you ended up on... Asahd Khaled's Instagram account? Either way, you're not alone! A lot of us are right there with you.

3. Sleeping in. 

Doesn't it feel good to not have to set your alarm? To wake up with the sun, fully energized and ready to start the day on your own accord? You deserve to sleep in on the weekend or your days off, but let's not forget to set an alarm for the workdays, OK?

4. Binge-watching reality TV shows.

If it makes you laugh, gasp or cry — especially out of happiness — then this is a guilty pleasure worth keeping. Jersey Shore, Real Housewives and 90-Day Fiancé easily fall under this bucket. 

5. Reading novels for pleasure.

You're not the only one who owns a copy of "Fifty Shades of Grey." If romantic (or even, erotic) novels are your guilty pleasure, then we encourage you to continue flipping through. 

6. Eating dessert before dinner — or whenever.

Blame it on the inspirational Dove chocolate wrapper or the jokes on a popsicle stick, but we all love dabbling in a good dessert. Personally, I don't know when I'm going to stop licking cake batter off the spoon, but I know it's not going to be any time soon.

7. Ordering takeout when you simply don't feel like cooking.

You're laid up on the couch beneath your heated blanket while Netflix is counting down to the next episode, so you can't possibly be bothered with making your own food. Grab that takeout menu and make the call — your tummy will thank you... though, maybe not your wallet.

8. Eating food out of the jar, or drinking beverage out of the carton.

And I don't mean this like the woman who licked ice cream out of a Blue Bell tub and put it back on the shelf — not OK! But if you have a jar of Nutella or carton of juice for yourself, then why not spare yourself the dirty dishes?

9. Playing games on your computer, phone or video device.

At least that's what one FGBer likes to do! This could be anything from that home design game on your phone, to the Just Dance game on your Wii, to that one website you need an ad blocker for. But whatever you do, don't — stop — candy crushing. 

10. Keeping up with celebrity feuds.

From Taylor Swift and Katy Perry to Drake and Meek Mill, it's no doubt that we know a good celebrity feud when we see one — and we love it when we do. They usually don't last long, either, so grab your popcorn and enjoy the show while you can.

12. Taking selfie after selfie until you get the perfect one.

It's all about the angles, am I right? And it doesn't hurt to have a little face time with yourself every once in a while. If taking selfies is your guilty pleasure, then you have my like!

13. Singing along to the music in your car.

Windows up or down, a carpool karaoke session is always a good time. If you're looking for some good sing along songs, I recommend Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles" or Whitney Houston's "Dance With Somebody."

14. Sewing, knitting and croqueting, alike.

Fairygodboss' Partnerships and Communications Manager, Samantha Spica, has no shame in her game when it comes to her craft. Anything that involves creativity and relaxation is actually rather mindful, so why not dabble in it a little — or a lot?

14. Daydreaming or fantasizing.

Sometimes, the little world in our head's are the greatest place to be. It's private, peaceful and completely controlled by you. Plus, there's nothing wrong with getting lost inside yourself — unless, of course, you're in the middle of a really important business meeting, or something like that...

16. Pimple popping.

You know the consequences! Scars, hyperpigmentation and sometimes even blood. But oh, the pleasure! Some people really enjoy seeing the puss ooze out of their pores, so if "some people" is you, then keep on popping on.

17. Falling asleep in the movie theater. 

The cushioned seats, cool air and off lights set the perfect stage for a nighttime nap. So much for the money you just spent, but catching some zzz's might be just as pleasurable — if not more — than the movie itself, so sleep tight!

18. Borrowing the mini soaps and shampoos from hotels... with no intentions of returning them.

Among many great things hotels have to offer, the mini soaps, shampoos and conditioners are some of them. Some of us are probably guilty of grabbing some of these bottles for ourselves, but if you want to relieve the guilt, convince yourself you're getting what you paid for!

19. Make believe apartment hunting.

Who doesn't love to imagine their dream home every once in a while? I know this FGBer certainly does! Why not take it a step further and drop some items in your Ikea cart, while you're at it. There's no harm done if you don't purchase!

20. Whining or complaining.

There's plenty to complain about: period cramps, people at work, bad breakups, the last episode of a season, your roommate leaving the light on in the hallway — again. There's no denying the relief we feel from complaining, and the validation we receive from others who can relate. 

21. Buying flowers for yourself.

Boost your mood with a fresh bunch of lavender or a eucalyptus plant, and place it somewhere it'll receive lots of sunlight. There are many mental benefits you can gain from indoor plants including their mild scents, which can ease anxiety, or certain properties that remove toxins and mold from the air.

We could easily add 21 more guilty pleasures on this list, so if we didn't mention yours, I encourage you to join the conversation here! And as I always like to say, do whatever floats your boat, as long as it doesn't sink someone else's.

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Stephanie Nieves is the SEO & Editorial Associate on the Fairygodboss team. Her words can also be found on MediumPayScale and The Muse.

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