Forty percent of a group of heart patients studied by the scientists had a significantly lower "willingness to laugh" in different situations than a peer group of people of the same age without heart problems. The scientists, led by Michael Miller, the director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology, conducted a psychological test with a total of 300 people, which was intended to elucidate how much the respondents could laugh in certain situations. Of the 300 subjects, half had already had a heart attack or had already undergone a bypass operation, the other half of the group was healthy.
On the one hand, the subjects were described as having situations and should tick off how they would react, such as: "They come to a party and see someone wearing the same piece of clothing as you do. They would a) not find that in the least funny (b) be amused but not show it, (c) smile, (d) laugh, (e) laugh heartily. "Secondly, the subjects should indicate in a series of given statements whether they regard this statement as appropriate or inaccurate, For example: "I often wonder what hidden motives another person may have if they do me good. - Applicable / Not applicable. "
The cardiac patients, who showed the evaluation of the tests, were much less likely to be able to see an unfavorable or uncomfortable situation from the humorous side. They laughed less, even in actually positive situations and felt more often total anger and enmity. "The ability to laugh - either as a natural or as a learned behavior - could get high priority in a society like the US, where heart disease is number one killer, " says Michael Miller. "We know that exercise, non-smoking and a low-fat diet reduces our risk of getting heart disease. Maybe regular, hearty laughter should be included on this list. "(EurekAlert)Doris Marszk ad