Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day! It’s also, fittingly, American Heart Month, when we’re reminded to pay closer attention to our cardiovascular health. I honestly believe that caring for your health is an act of love for the people in your life who love you. I also believe that having a positive outlook is one powerful way to do that.
Medical researchers have identified a variety of physical and mental health benefits related to positive thinking, benefits ranging from reducing inflammation to increasing the body’s immune response to simply making better life choices. One UK study of more than 8,000 people showed that people with an optimistic, positive outlook had a 30 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. Yes, please!
Postivity can help combat stress, that boogey man who’s always threatening our cardiovascular health. Here’s one way to use positivity to beat back stress: Smile. A University of Kansas study has shown that smiling—even fake smiling—slows your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure during a stressful situation. Just think: you don’t have to pop a pill or go to a spa to calm yourself down. Just take a beat and remind yourself of someone or something that makes you smile. Play a little “Go Fish” with your kid. Watch a goofy cat video on YouTube. It’s the ultimate positive health hack!
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With heart-healthy hope and positivity,