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Laughter is the best medicine

We all know the saying, ‘laughter is the best medicine’. But why? I mean, I love to laugh and it feels good, but what is happening in our bodies to make laughing feel, and be so good for us?

Two studies have found answers. The research shows that laughing is good for the heart and high blood pressure.

Maybe Doctors should prescribe laughter with a patients medication? :)

The laughter study #1 Ha!

A small group of healthy adults watched either a comedy or a documentary film. The researchers monitored their carotid artery the films. Those who watched the comedy had improved ‘arterial compliance’. This means the amount of blood that flows through the arteries. A decreased in arterial compliance is found in those with high blood pressure and heart disease.

Head researcher Jun Sugawara said, “Arterial compliance was improved for a full 24 hours after subjects watched a funny movie.”

The laughter study #2 Ha Ha!

A group of people watched either a comedy or a somber documentary. Blood vessels became more dilated during the comedy and remained so for 24 hours.

Lead researcher Takashi Tarumi said, “Not only did comedies improve vascular dilation, but watching a documentary about a depressing subject was actually harmful to the blood vessels. These documentaries constricted blood vessels by about 18%.” Narrowed blood vessels can lead to high blood pressure.

The 2 studies were presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in Seattle.

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