Prevent Cardiovascular Problems With Play and Laughter

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Children laugh an average of 400 times a day. Adults, only 15. prevent cardiovascular problems with play and laughter

Somewhere on the way to adulthood we lose the ability to laugh 385 times a day! Up your laughter quotient with comedy videos or playing with your grandkids. In one study that lasted more than a year, people with cardiovascular problems who watched a comedy show on a daily basis had significantly lower stress hormone levels and more healthy blood pressure readings, and they needed less medication.

And, while this may seem odd, one of the most dismaying things I’ve discovered over years of medical practice is that adults no longer know how to play. When I ask my patients how they play, they often look at me with a blank expression. Or they say that they play golf or tennis.

But sports activities are not really play. Although I’ve seldom heard of anyone dying while playing with their children, grandchildren, or dog, many of my patients have had heart attacks and strokes while engaged in golf, tennis, or racquetball (the sport most infamous for sudden death).

Sports can be enjoyable, but they’re not truly healing because they involve performance, competition, and the need to win. True play is spontaneous, has no set agenda or rules, nor even a desired outcome. When we play, we become totally free. Absorbed in the moment, we are taken out of our heads and into our bodies.

I urge you to get back in touch with the playful part of yourself by observing children and seeing what they do. Even better, play with a child and let him or her set the tone. Try swinging on a swing, blowing bubbles, finger painting, or playing catch.

You’ll be amazed by how much better you’ll feel and how much you’re doing to help ensure that you have healthy blood pressure levels and to keep other heart risk factors far, far away.

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