If I know what love is, it is because of you. – Hermann Hesse
Valentine's Day is a great holiday for many reasons. It comes after all of the "good will towards men" has worn off. We take time to celebrate love. And love is love, right? Love is never wrong.
It's quite wonderful that we take a day to think about the people closest to us, that makes the other 364 days worth living. Love need not have words, only the beating of hearts. But the expression, "I love you," can send one flying high. There is no message more joyful then those three magical words.
Kay Driscoll understood the biological connection between love and the heart. Emotional and physical closeness kept one's heart healthy. She knew that love lowered blood pressure, normalized heart rhythms through the release of oxytocin from the pituitary gland. Oxytocin evokes feelings of contentment, calmness, security, and many studies have shown a correlation wth human bonding.
As an additional health benefit for the heart, Kay made for a Valentine's treat of dark chocolate covered fruit for her and Phil's dessert on Valentine's Day. She also put together a bowl of high percentage (75%) cacao in dark chocolates. She understood that eating small amounts of dark chocolate, about one ounce daily, benefited the heart.
Dark chocolate is made from a plant and has many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. Rich in antioxidants which protects the body from free radicals, dark chocolate contained flavonols, which lower blood pressure. One ounce of dark chocolate inhibits blood from clotting, which reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It lowers cholesterol.
Dark chocolate tastes good, it stimulates endorphin production giving a feeling of pleasure and contains serotonin which acts as an anti-depressant.
Who, being loved, is poor? – Oscar Wilde
Happy Valentine's Day!