A merry heart is good for your health!


“… he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” (Proverbs 15:15b)

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…” (Proverbs 17:22a)

Joy and laughter can counteract the negative effects of stress. Having a good laugh helps us in many ways.

Here’s how a merry heart improves our health:

  • Laughter can help to build up our immune system.
  • Laughing reduces the release of cortisol (the stress hormone).
  • Joy and laughter lower blood pressure and heart rate, helping to relax you.
  • Laughing promotes serotonin release (which reduces depression and anxiety).
  • Laughing promotes release of the body’s natural pain killers (endorphins).
  • Positive humour helps us to look at things in a less stressful way.

It’s worthwhile to find things that make you laugh out loud and pay attention to them, because good-natured humour helps us de-stress physically and emotionally.