February is Heart & Stroke Month and everyone is talking about what foods and exercises you can do & eat to help strengthen your heart. But while most people focus on diet and lifestyle, I say we need to focus on happiness to help make our heart healthy too. Over the last few years I have really learned that life is going to throw you some pretty craptastic curve balls and make you want to throw your hands up and say “Forget this!” but you have to make time for happiness even in the darkest of days.
In a culture where you could on any given moment of any given day you can hear about how the world is ending, the economy is in the toilets, there are BPA’s and red dye number who knows now in just about everything, it’s no wonder that depression is constantly on the rise. Hell, who wouldn’t be depressed listening to the constant negative toxic garbage spewing from every media outlet you can name. I always appreciate it when I hear a story that maybe shouldn’t be classified as news but is uplifting. Yes! Thank you for diverting my attention to something that isn’t making me contemplate calling a help phone line. Life is hard enough without the constant inundation of crap.
My New Year’s resolution was to put myself first and make myself happy and thanking the good Lord above I am sticking true to it. I’ve lost 15 pounds during this pregnancy and thus far have only gained 4 of it back. I joke with my friends that since cutting out stress-causing “friends” from my life, that’s the real reason why I’ve lost the weight.
“Oh yes, I’ve lost 15 lbs, it is because I’ve lost 5 assholes since New Years.”
See a joke, haha makes you laugh and happy. Did you know that laughing improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow which can protect you from a heart attack. Make your heart happy by laughing. Laugh it up, watch funny movies, tell jokes, play pranks, get tickled, whatever makes you laugh and enjoy it. Life is short and there must be something behind “Laughter is the best medicine.”
Another way to make your heart happy is by showing love and appreciation to those around you. Whether it is hugging or kissing or even holding hands, show affection and your heart will thank you. Holding the hand of a loved one has been proven to reduce stress levels. It is such a simple, yet intimate and caring gesture that will make you feel better no matter what. Even though you don’t need to speak, holding someone’s hand gives you that little “everything will be ok” reassurance we sometimes need. Case in point. In October of last year, I went to a Baby Loss Memorial without Hubby and during the service I began to cry. Without ever speaking to this woman before, she came up to me, took my hand and held it for the remainder of the ceremony. I do not know this womans name, her story or where she’s from, but she did me such a service by simply taking my hand. She was there to mourn her loss as well and took the time to let me know I was not alone.
So go on people, laugh, love and be happy. Giggle at those funny pictures online, ogle those adorable pictures of cutesy babies and fluffy puppies, grab a drink with a buddy at the bar, eat that giant bowl of ice cream without any guilt and love your friends and family. Have 2013 be the best and happiest year ever!