The next time you’re trying to decide between the next big comedy flick or that horror movie everyone’s been talking about you might want to go the way of comedy, it could literally extend your life.
A recently study has found that comedies are good for vascular functions while stressful war and horror movies actually cause unneeded stress on your body.
To test their hypothesis researchers showed funny clips to viewers followed by scenes from Saving Private Ryan and what they discovered was that comedies caused the lining of a viewers vessels to expand, thus helping cardiovascular functions. On the reverse side of the effect Saving Private Ryan clips caused blood vessels lining to constrict which lessened blood flow.
According to the report stressful situations versus laughing results in anywhere from a 30% to 50% difference in blood vessel diameter.
Dr Michael Miller from the University of Maryland School of Medicine said of his teams research:
‘The magnitude of change we saw in the endothelium after laughing was consistent and similar to the benefit we might see with aerobic exercise of statin use.’
Who knew Ben Stiller, Andy Samberg and their comedian counterparts could actually help extend our lives by telling a few jokes and putting themselves in funny situations.