Leadership Slideshow: How Laughter, Romance and Song Can Make You a Great CIO

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-17-2010

Play a tune

Listening to music helps you relax and reduces anxiety at work, and at home. It can also make you more alert, researchers say.

Play a tune

Drink red wine in moderation.

Red wine is believed to have antioxidants such as resveratrol that can benefit the heart, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Drink red wine in moderation.

Not a drinker? No problem.

You can find similar, healthy antioxidants in oranges, grape juice, apples, onions and tea.

Not a drinker? No problem.

Eat chocolate.

Dark chocolate is also a potent source of antioxidants, according to WebMD.

Eat chocolate.

Have sex more often. It will help you ...

1. Reduce blood pressure. It also helps you better handle stress when you're confronted with it, according to WebMD.

Have sex more often. It will help you ...

Have sex more often. It will help you ...

2. Call in sick less often. Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can keep you from getting colds and other infections.

Have sex more often. It will help you ...

Have sex more often. It will help you ...

3. Improve your cardiovascular health and even lose weight. Actually, a half-hour of sex can burn 85 or more calories.

Have sex more often. It will help you ...

Have sex more often. It will help you ...

4. Gain confidence in the boardroom. Researchers say building self-esteem is a positive benefit of sex.

Have sex more often. It will help you ...

Get a dog.

Dogs -- and other pets -- can lower blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A furry friend can also create opportunities for social-interaction.

Get a dog.

Do a crossword puzzle.

Or Soduko. Or play checkers or chess. It's the constant stimulation of the brain that keeps it active and nimble.

Do a crossword puzzle.

Laugh

Finding something to laugh about regularly can reportedly increase your sense of optimism and improve your circulation. It's also considered heart-healthy and may even help you tone those abs, according to researchers.

Laugh

Get more sleep

Routinely getting a good night's sleep reportedly improves your memory, mood and helps you maintain a healthy weight. It's also a stress-reducer.

Get more sleep