A Happy Heart for Valentine’s Day
When you think of Valentine’s Day, the image of flowers, chocolate and pink and red everything will likely cloud your mind. Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart or a beloved friend or family member, nothing makes the heart happier than chocolate in moderation and the feeling of being loved, or in love!
“Go Red for Women”- February first marked the start, and 10th anniversary, of American Heart Month—encouraging individuals to go red to raise heart disease awareness.
Love: Being in love is great for both your mind and body. According to Dr. Harry Lodge, author of Younger Next Year, “people who are socially engaged have half the mortality of people who are lonely and isolated.”
The feeling of being in love does not have to come from an intimate relationship. In fact, love that has been found to keep the heart happy can originate in the mere satisfaction of helping someone in need, or through the love of a pet—a play on the term, puppy love.
Chocolate: Aside from being good for your brain and your heart, dark chocolate has a satisfyingly delicious flavor. Packed with antioxidants, theobromine and vitamins and minerals, dark chocolate is a great substitute for other sugary treats for Valentine’s Day and whenever the need for a sweet arises.
Red Wine: Interested in toasting to good health and happiness? Consider treating yourself to a glass of red wine. Red wine, in particular, is comprised of a plant compound called resveratrol which has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and prevent clotting of the blood.
As the day quickly coms to a close, ask yourself a question: Have you treated your heart with love this Valentine’s Day? If the answer to this was “no,” it’s not too late to do something great for yourself. Here are a few suggestions that will lead to a more satisfying Valentine’s Day this year and for years to come.
1– Wish your friends and family a happy Valentine’s Day before the night is through.
2– Run to the local pharmacy and buy a small bag of dark chocolate to enjoy today, tomorrow and every day until the bag runs out.
3– Share a glass of red wine with someone you care about. If you have a favorite type, stop by your local wine and liquor store after work. It is also never too late to try something new.
4– Have a laugh. If you are home alone, watch a comedy or your favorite SNL skit. Laughing promotes heart health and can lead to an improved mood.
5– If you are not plagued by the cold in the northeast, take a late night walk and enjoy the time you have to yourself.
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