Researchers: Laughter could lower blood pressure

March 29, 2011 1:35:37 PM PDT
Laughter really may be the best medicine.

A new, small study finds laughing -- along with listening to your favorite music or funny jokes -- could lower blood pressure.

Researchers with the American Heart Association say laughter could lower blood pressure as much as cutting salt from your diet or dropping 10 lbs.

Scientists found people who took part in group sessions built around music or laughter lowered their systolic blood pressure by an average of five to six points after three months.

Experts say reducing your numbers by that much have been linked to a 5 to 15-percent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.