So what steps can you take to achieve heartfelt happiness? In addition to eating a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits and exercising regularly (at least 75 minutes each week), it is just as important to increase your positive thoughts and reduce stress (at work, at home and in relationships) and depression.
When you are stressed, your body releases hormones that affect your heart in a negative way. Although it takes practice, increasing the amount of positive thoughts and emotions is an excellent way to achieve heartfelt happiness. Things like laughing, talking to friends, conveying emotions, caring for an animal, or participating in your favorite hobby are all ways to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and increase the amount of positive hormones within the cardiovascular system.
In essence, this means that happiness, gratitude and joy can be extremely potent medicines. Make sure you get your daily dose!
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