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iVillage: 15 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good For Your Health

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Almost 75 percent of women put off their to-dos once in a while -- and one in four do it daily, according to a study at Canada’s University of Calgary. And it turns out those breaks for Angry Birds may be beneficial to their health!

Research at Germany’s University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf suggests that taking a restful break from the bedlam (to check out Facebook or Pinterest, read funny emails) boosts production of compounds that nix aches and pains in as little as eight minutes. Study authors suggest breaking up tedious tasks with several short breaks (instead of one long one) so the painkilling effect can last all day.

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