Laughter and Chocolate For Happy Hearts?

By Tatiana Tsvetkova, MD Cardiology Services

What if protecting your heart may be as simple as enjoying some sunshine, laughing daily, and popping in a funny DVD while cozying up next to a box of chocolates?

Laughter, along with a sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. In the study, researchers compared the humor responses of 300 people. Half of the participants had either suffered a heart attack or undergone coronary artery bypass surgery. The other 150 did not have heart disease. Miller said that the most significant study finding was that "people with heart disease responded less humorously to everyday life situations." They generally laughed less, even in positive situations, and they displayed more anger and hostility.

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