Hot water is vital in household use. Washing hands, dishes, and clothes requires a dose of the warm stuff. It's tempting to run the faucet on high to warm up the flow before sticking your hands under. Turn your water heater to 120 degrees so hands don't get scalded in the rush to return to a game or television show or get to the dinner table.

Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci (no relation to the noted movie star) claimed that amethyst helps to make us smarter and clear away bad thoughts? It's also February's birthstone. This Valentine's Day, gift an amethyst trinket with a wish for peace, stability, courage, and strength in the coming year.

February is American Heart Month. Yet, with the cold, it's easy to skip outside activities. Visit an indoor pool. Walk the mall. Try out the local indoor batting cages. Find ways to stay active and warm at the same time. Your heart will thank you.

Smokers near business entrances can contaminate your personal air. If you can, choose a door away from the designated smoking spot. The CDC says secondhand smoke can have immediate adverse effects and increase your risk of having a heart attack. 

We think of roses for February (Valentine's Day!), but birthday flowers for February are violets and primroses. Visit your local florest when you know someone with a February birthday. Surprise them with a real treat.