Five Things You Didn't Know Could Be Good for Your Heart

Tip No. 1: Laugh More

Everyone loves a good belly laugh, which is a good thing; a large dose of laughter can actually help improve your heart health. There’s evidence that a hearty chuckle (hearty — get it?) can increase blood flow, reduce stress hormones and boost your number of antibody cells. That sounds like the perfect excuse to fire up your favorite comedy movie, grab a handful of heart-healthier popcorn and get ready to laugh until you cry.


Tip No. 2: Meditate Often

Meditation, prayer or times of quiet reflection are staples of cultures the world over, and there’s a mounting body of evidence that suggests those quiet, still moments of focus and mindfulness can have a profound effect on your overall health and well-being. That includes your heart! The American Heart Association suggests that a meditation practice may help reduce your blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease. What’s not to like about that? 


Tip No. 3: Cuddle a Cat

Or if you’re not a cat person, give a puppy a pat. Spending time with a cute and fluffy four-legged friend can help lower your stress, boost your happiness and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Plus, spending time with a pet comes with a heart-healthy bonus — taking Fido or Fifi for a walk can be great exercise.


Tip No. 4: Take a Nap

This is possibly the easiest suggestion on the list. To get the health benefits of this activity, all you have to do is … nothing. Just lie down, and go to sleep! Studies have shown that napping once or twice per week is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Go fire up your white noise machine, fluff your pillows and get your siesta on.


Tip No. 5: Socialize with Friends and Family

In an era of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and social distancing, it can be easy to forget about the value of good ole face-to-face interactions. But it’s important to stay on top of your relationships! People with strong relationships tend to have better cardiac prognoses than those who don’t, and a strong social network — even a virtual one on Facebook® or Instagram® — can be an incredible source of support and encouragement if you’re recovering from a heart problem. Not sure how you can socialize with friends when social distancing is all the rage? We have a few tips on how you can use technology to put the “social” in social distancing

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