Laughter for 15 minutes every day can make your heart healthier

April 3, 2009 2:05am CST
Laughter is good for the heart because it prolongs life while depression increases the risk of an early death , according to two new studies. A good bout of laughter every day provides similar cardiovascular benefits asexercise because it stimulates the blood flow, said Michael Miller ,who headed one research team at the Unversity of Maryland. Onthe other hand, depression -- or hte lack of laughter -- is often linked to unhealthy habits such as smoking and drug addiction and increases the risk of death by 44 percent ,said Wein Jiang, who led a study of 1,000 heart patients for the University of North Carolina. Miller said laughter produced a "magnitude of change…… in the endotheliun …… similar to the benefit we might see with aerobic activity, but without the aches, pains and muscle tension associated with exercise" While laughter should not replace exercise, he said, "we do recommend that you try to laugh on a regular basis. Thirty minutes of exercise three times a week ,and 15 minutes of laughter on a daily basis is probably good for the vascular system."
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@klaudine (3652)
• Indonesia
3 Apr 09
Well, I think it is a very good information. Laughter is indeed proven as a way to keep your health. It is said, by the ancient people, that people who laugh more live longer. I think it is the scientific or at least an empirical research which can prove it right. And it is said that laughter can make you look younger as well. People who live happily would look younger than people who are not living their life in laughter. I believe there are lots of benefit in laughing.