Laughter, Is it Really Good for the Heart?

It’s no doubt that daily stress and struggles can greatly affect your physical condition especially your heart. They increase the risk of having heart problems if you don’t know how to manage them.

It’s not easy to see the funny side of life if you are in dire circumstances, or when things doesn’t turn out the way you want them to be.

Just remember,

“Every cloud has a silver lining.”

It means that there is something better (even wonderful) that can transform the seemingly worst day into a great one.

It is true that a balanced diet — with regular exercise, and occassional natural therapy — is excellent for your health, particularly for the cardiovascular system.

But there is something so simple, so run of the mill, you can add to your day that can save your life — LAUGHTER.

About Laughter

Laughter is a physical reaction in humans consisting typically of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli.

It’s always been said that one must have a better sense of humor and dare to laugh more to live a happier and healthier life.

Laughter Affects the Heart’s Normal Function

Major hormones – dopamine, endorphin, norepinephrine and other hormones – are stimulated and released from the nerve cells to give you the feeling of happiness. As you laugh, your cardiac tissue becomes excited.

The excitement will make your endothelium (inner lining of your blood vessels) expands, which then improves the blood flow, regulates coagulation and blood thickening.

This blood vessel expansion prevents arterial inflammation causing heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular-related diseases.

Laughter and How it Benefits Your Heart

  1. Lowers blood pressure.
  2. Lessens stress and anxiety.
  3. Improves circulation.
  4. Boosts your immune system.
  5. Enhances overall cardiovascular health.
  6. Gives your psyche a healthy amount of optimism and hope.
  7. Helps you see things from many perspectives other than the most apparent.
  8. Encourages you to enjoy and join in the playful aspects of life.
  9. Good cardio workout because a minute of laughing burns the same amount of calories as 6 to 10 minutes on a treadmill.
  10. Reduces pain and aids in the healing process.
  11. Overall, it feels great to laugh.


Follow the suggestions below to help you laugh and see the best things in life:

Read funny stories or comedy books.

Laughter is a personal matter and a preference. Let a good book stimulate your imagination and personal sense of humor.

Sooner or later, you will find something that amuses you enough to make you laugh

Share jokes, play games and watch funny movies with friends or family.

Take time to have fun with other people, especially with those who are close to you. Watch movies and play silly games every now and then.

Enjoy the comedy of sharing jokes with each other to enhance connections and strengthen relationships.

Laugh-out-loud with your favorite stand-up comedian.

Stand-up comedians make a living by sharing their real-life experiences, at which you can laugh so hard at their material because you relate to them.

Reminisce amusing moments to brighten your day.

Whatever you find comical today, will be funnier after many years when you remember them. Thinking of those fun and funny times in the past will bring genuine happiness in your heart.

Play with your pet.

Your pet is a great source of laughter because it can do funny tricks which can entertain you, sometimes without realizing that it has already amused you.

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