Laughter is Good for the Heart


A study from 2000 details yet another benefit of humor / laughter:

“Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help you protect yourself against a heart attack.”

The study surveyed 300 people, half of which had heart problems and half of which had no history of heart disease.  The people who had suffered a heart attack or had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery were 40 percent less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to people of the same age without heart disease.

Other interesting notes / quotes from the study include:

  • “People with heart disease were less likely to recognize humor or use it to get out of uncomfortable situations.”
  • “The old saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ definitely appears to be true when it comes to protecting your heart.”
  • “The recommendation for a healthy heart may one day be–exercise, eat right and laugh a few times a day.”

For a dose of laughter medicine, check out some of the web’s best office humor.

Source: Laughter is Good for Your Heart by Barbara Crawford. University of Maryland Medical Center. Retrieved April 7, 2009.

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