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Love, Knowledge and Unicorns …

Happy National Heart month! February is here, and most of us very well know that this month, without question, has always been synonymous with the word amore. Love is the spine-tingling, thought-provoking, and, yes, even downright frustrating term that can seemingly whisk you away like a Harlequin Romance novel to another world of delight and exhilaration where unicorns roam and women can eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner with no effect at all … seriously? No, not really. Most of us that have lived a little and graduated from the school of life with love’s lumps and bumps to prove it, have come to realize that with love, heavy-lifting hard work and self-maintenance are necessary and non-negotiable. The sobering reality is that love, like achieving and maintaining a life of good health and inspired living, doesn’t just “happen.” Nothing is guaranteed.

British philosopher Bertrand Russell once said: “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” And I feel this is a great place to introduce a little wisdom that hopefully sticks the landing on the good beam of love, life and heart-healthy living. The heart is a tough nut to crack, but it can be broken, for sure, both emotionally and physically. One must strive to live and love in balance. The heart carries deep within it the issues of life (good and bad), so taking care of this extremely vital organ is very important. How important is it for me as a woman?

Studies indicate that heart disease is the number one killer of women—more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. In America, while sadly one in 31 women die from breast cancer each year, shockingly, one in three dies of heart disease—killing approximately one woman every minute! Moreover, direct and indirect costs of heart disease total more than $320.1 billion, including health expenditures and lost productivity.

These are facts that everyone should take very seriously, and not just women. The great news is that with better nutrition choices (chocolate in moderation, please), physical fitness and balanced emotional living, the heart may not be guaranteed a world of unicorns and unending weight loss (women get it), but it will have the best chance to experience the “good life” secured by great choices for many years to come!

In love,

Annette Briggs

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