IT IS a known fact that laughter is good for your health, but a recent study has shown that it is women who apparently benefit most from living life with a laugh.
Scientists from the University College London took saliva samples from 3000 men and women and measured levels of hormones and proteins linked to heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure. At the same time, the volunteers were asked how happy, content or excited they felt at that particular time.
Laugh and be happy. It will make you healthier
The scientists found that among women, but not men, happiness correlated with lower levels of the hormones and proteins, suggesting that happy women are more likely to be healthier.
Researcher Dr Andrew Steptoe says: “Our findings add to evidence that happiness and other positive emotions are associated with biological responses that are health-protective.”