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National Develop Alternative Vices Day

Smoking, eating too many unhealthy foods, drinking too much alcohol or coffee, gambling, spending too much time on social media, and watching too much television—these are all unhealthy vices. On National Develop Alternative Vices Day, people replace their vices with ones that are less destructive to their bodies and minds. It is not a day to give up all fun; it's just a day find alternative ways to have it.

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by overcoming your weaknesses and coming up with some alternative vices to the ones you currently have. Instead of eating too much milk chocolate or cake, treat yourself to a few pieces of dark chocolate. Instead of drinking a six pack of beer, have a few glasses of red wine. Instead of drinking a pot of coffee, have a few cups of green tea. Instead of sitting on social media or watching television, go out and meet your friends or pick up a book.

The word "develop" in today's holiday implies that these changes won't all come in one day and that once they do come about, work will need to be done to sustain them. You may fall back to your old vices every once in a while, but the hope with today's holiday is to move in a new direction. Your new, alternative vices will eventually become the norm, and the old ones will be forgotten.

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