Laugh for heart health

The age-old saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’ is true! Apart from improving mental health and decreasing stress, laughing also helps to lower blood pressure.

Various medical studies completed over the last 40 years have all produced the same results. Laughing can help to lower your blood pressure – amazing! It has been discovered that unfriendly, angry individuals have higher rates of cardiovascular disease. Those who take life a little less seriously and enjoy a good laugh may have a lower risk.

Laughing makes you feel good, there is no doubt about that! But laughing also improves stress and anxiety by reducing the amount of the stress hormone cortisol being released by the brain. Research has also discovered that blood vessel inflammation and ‘good cholesterol’ levels are improved, further supporting healthy blood pressure.

“A laugh a day can keep the doctor away!”

If your comedic skills are not fine-tuned, don’t despair. You don’t need to google ‘best jokes’ daily to benefit from humour, just find something that works for you. Even simply watching a funny movie can have positive effects on blood pressure. So get laughing!