Laugh Your Way to a Healthier Heart

By Team Adesso | Posted Jun 25, 2024

We’ve all heard the saying, “laughter is the best medicine.” But is that really the case? Yes, in fact it is. A growing body of research has shown that laughter can have a positive effect on your cardiovascular system. 

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How Laughter Affects Your Cardiovascular System


The effect of laughter on the cardiovascular system has been studied in detail over the past several years. Studies have shown that when we laugh our blood vessels dilate, leading to increased blood flow. This increase in blood flow results in lower blood pressure and improved circulation throughout the body. In addition to better circulation, laughter also helps reduce stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline which are well-known to elevate inflammation and damage our arteries.


Beyond its physical effects, laughter has been found to have psychological benefits as well. It acts as a natural pain reliever by releasing endorphins—the feel-good hormones—into our bloodstream which leads to a sense of euphoria and relaxation. It also boosts serotonin levels which can help improve our mood and regulate emotions like anxiety or depression.

Ways to Laugh More


Women are particularly susceptible to heart disease due to hormonal changes during menopause which can lead to higher cholesterol levels and an increased risk of stroke or heart attack. Fortunately, women can take steps to reduce these risks by incorporating more laughter into their lives. 


One way to potentially laugh a little more is taking time out of each day for some lighthearted fun; this can help reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being. Even something as simple as watching a funny video or reading a funny article can help a person relax their body and mind while boosting their immune system simultaneously. 


Laughter also encourages socialization by bringing people together through shared experiences. When a person laughs with others, it creates an emotional connection that can strengthen existing relationships or create new ones altogether. It is said that laughter is contagious so when somebody laughs it’s likely that others around them will join in. Plus it’s just plain fun – so why not give it a try?


A hearty laugh is good for both physical and mental health. So go ahead, let yourself laugh today! Your heart will be glad you did.