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Laughter just may be the best medicine for your heart

In recent years, studies have found a strong connection between our emotions and heart health. Research suggests that laughter can protect your heart by decreasing stress hormones, thereby reducing inflammation in your arteries. These changes appear similar to the benefits of aerobic exercise and cholesterol-lowering drugs.

In short, laughter is a powerful remedy for stress, pain and conflict. Nothing works faster than a good laugh to bring your mind and body back into balance.

Make it part of your everyday life

Make laughter one of your daily heart-healthy activities. It’s as important as being physically active and eating healthy foods. Here are some ideas:

  • Watch a funny movie or TV show.
  • Ready the funny pages.
  • Share a good joke or a funny story.
  • Play with a pet.
  • Goof around with your children.
  • Do something silly.
  • Seek out funny people.
  • Look for the humor in everyday situations.
  • Host a game night with friends.
  • Go to a comedy club.
  • Check out your bookstore’s humor section.
  • Plan fun activities, like bowling, miniature golf or karaoke.

By making humor a regular part of your life, you can have a big impact on your heart health.

Source:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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