“A light heart lives long.”
—Irish Gaelic Proverb
Did you know that workplace stress has been proven to increase the risk of heart attacks and shorten your life span? I am sure you could list five or ten other factors that make the impact even worse!
Listed below are are some lighthearted or heart-related activities, proven effective to add both years to your life and life to your years.
- Laughter: just 15 minutes of laughing at a funny video can improve blood flow to your heart by 50%, reduce blood clot formation, cholesterol deposition, and inflammation.
- Optimism, meditation, and other mindfulness efforts help us view the world through a more hopeful and lighthearted lens.
- A short nap or frequent breaks in your day to recharge have been shown to reduce coronary mortality by 37%.
- Social engagements which include family, faith, and other forms of community involvement help us lighten our burdens, share more joy, and fill our hearts.
Explore at least one of the strategies above to brighten and lengthen your days and let me know what happens.
Consider replying to this post with some of your own lighthearted strategies to live a longer, more fulfilling life.