When we laugh, a lot happens. Endorphins (the “feel-good hormones”) are released, giving you a sense of wellness and euphoria. They’re also released when you exercise, eat foods you enjoy, and have sex.
Not only do they put you at greater ease, but endorphins also counteract the hormones released when you’re stressed. When you experience anxiety or other negative emotions, stress hormones, such as cortisol, are released which are harmful to the heart. They can increase blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and your overall risk of cardiovascular disease.2
When you laugh, the endorphins cancel out the negative emotions and symptoms caused by stress, bettering your overall heart health.