Heart Healthy Advice for Valentine’s Day and Beyond

We all know that eating healthy and exercising (and a moderate amount of dark chocolate!) are good for our heart.

For Valentine’s Day and beyond, consider adding a daily dose of gratitude. Scientific studies prove being thankful can lower our blood pressure and strengthen our immune system. Showing appreciation to others enhances relationships and helps us build the supportive community we all need to enjoy success at work and achieve better balance.

Here are five ways you and your loved ones can cultivate that attitude of gratitude:

  1. Once a week, send a hand-written thank you note to someone who matters to you.
  2. At the end of most days, write in a gratitude journal. Make a brief list of what you are grateful for that day and include at least one unique entry to program yourself to become more aware of the good things in your life.
  3. Use gratitude to turbocharge your affirmations as you pursue goals. Start with, “I am so happy and thankful now that…”
  4. On your smart phone, set a daily “Three Good Things” alarm to go off at the end of the day. Use an app like Notes to write down those three things, like catching up with a close friend or completing a challenging project at work. We’re much more likely to remember the things that don’t go right, so reflecting and writing it down will help you savor the good experiences.
  5. Express thanks to others through social media, by posting a comment on Facebook or writing a recommendation on their LinkedIn profile. Testimonials go both ways. If you would like to make it easier for those to provide recommendations for you, check out my Testimonial Writing Service. Looking for a unique, memorable gift for clients and colleagues? Consider buying them gift certificates so they can capitalize on the power of gratitude through testimonials.

What is your favorite gratitude practice? Share it here!


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