We all have high expectations for ourselves. If they fall short, anxiety, anger, and depression often come knocking. Unfortunately, negative emotions aren’t just unpleasant. They’re bad for your heart. They fire up inflammation and damage arteries. Feeling good about your life and accomplishments, however, reduces your risk of heart disease by at least 13%.
Heart-Healthy Tip: Identify your unique skills and share them! For example, if you’re great with numbers, help a volunteer group with its bookkeeping. You’ll gain a sense of purpose and a more meaningful life — two big happiness and self-esteem boosters.