W ant to warm the cockles of your heart? Whether the sun is shining or not, eating cockles has long been thought of as a way to lift the spirits. The shells were used by the ancients in spells for love, friendship and communication, so even if you don’t like the taste you can still benefit. Get out on the beach and search for a cockle shell. Once you’ve found one that appeals, place it by mementos and photos of happy holidays, outings with friends and family, and uplifting quotes.