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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

A Merry Heart

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, the Bible says.

“We believe laughing is good for your health. And we think we have evidence to show why that’s the case,” Michael Miller of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore says.

The Washington Post reported recently that Miller and his team asked 20 healthy men and women to watch chips of two movies. One is the violent opening battle scene in the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan”. The other one is a humorous scene from a comedy such as the 1996 “Kingpin”.

They discovered striking differences in the functioning of blood vessels depending on which movie the volunteers had watched. .

Overall, blood flow decreased by about 35 percent after experiencing stress but increased 22 percent after laughter -- an improvement equivalent to that produced by a 15- to 30-minute workout.

"Is it laughing or just feeling good? We don't know at this time. But clearly laughter is an active process, and probably a good belly laugh will be better than just smiling," he said.

Miller envisions a time when doctors might recommend that everyone get 15 to 20 minutes of laughter a day in the same way they recommend at least 30 minutes of daily exercise.

"There's no downside that I know of to laughing," Miller said. "Based on these results, I am happy to recommend laughing to my patients."

1 comment(s):

Hi Yan, it's me again ...G'Day and Good Health to you and all Readers to your Blog too!

Inspired by this entry, I just uploaded my latest post "Laughter Is the Best Medicine" .. it also lightens my heart too, and we all want to sing!


By Blogger desiderata, at 10:46 am  

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