Leapin’ Listicle: We Heart Hearts

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you can’t toss a box of chocolates without hitting a red or pink heart. But who’s complaining? As our colleague says in this beautiful first-person post, we “love love.”

But Valentine’s Day has really got us thinking about hearts—metaphorical and literal—and wondering how much we really know about them. We’re betting at least some of these facts will surprise you:

Rainforests are often called the lungs of the planet, as they create oxygen. But rainforests are the heart of the planet, too! Like hearts, which regulate the movement of blood, rainforests regulate the movement of weather. (Just another reason to keep them standing.)



To no one’s surprise, statistics show that Mondays—especially Monday mornings—are when most heart attacks occur.



Chocolate is good for heart—and chocolate made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa is good for everyone!  (Find it here!)


Last spring, the Rainforest Alliance ran a “Follow the Farmer” contest. Winner Joanna Parkman traveled deep into the heart of the Yucatan, where 300-year-old trees tower high above the forest floor.


In the course of an average lifetime, your heart is likely to beat more than two and a half billion times, without ever pausing to rest.


In 1861 Richard Cadbury, son of chocolate manufacturer John Cadbury, became the first to package chocolates in a heart-shaped candy box for Valentine’s Day.



The octopus has three hearts!


Wouldn’t you love to celebrate Valentine’s Day with some of the yummy heart-shaped cookies baked by our partners near Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve? Communities there harvest and process the ramón nut, which falls from a rainforest tree, into an uber-nutritious flour that can be used to make drinks and baked goodies for both export and local consumption.

heart cookies


Captive western lowland gorillas are susceptible to a heart condition known as fibrosing cardiomyopathy. Just another reason to let them live out their days in their natural habitat—which the Rainforest Alliance is working to conserve.



photo: Jérôme Laporte

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