The prevalence of hearts in February is undeniable. It is an overwhelming theme this month — the recognizable red and pink shapes are found just about everywhere from the grocery store to window displays downtown. What do you think of when you reflect on Valentine’s Day?
I specifically remember the excitement surrounding the holiday in elementary school, the crafting of homemade pouches in anticipation of receiving sweet notes and treats from classmates, the proud smiles and overall positivity taking over the day. It seemed so effortless then to hand out compliments and praise — most usually in the form of candy hearts in tiny paper envelopes.
It may have done even more for us than we realized. Did you know that both giving and receiving genuine compliments can boost our mood and mental health? It’s just one piece of the puzzle in February, which is also National Heart Month. Our cover story detailing Dr. Yasser Salem’s dedication and mission as a heart failure specialist is undeniable and lends itself to the balance of mind/body/soul health in this issue.
The distinction between taking care of our physical and emotional health is an interesting contrast, and incorporating the two is something we strive to include in every issue of Nature’s Pathways. This month focuses on heart health and how to appreciate others in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Just remember to love yourself too.