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Laughter, music can lower your blood pressure

Del. Donna Christensen, D-V.I. left, getting her blood pressure checked by Dr. Jeffrey Perlmutter of the National Kidney Foundation, Thursday, May 17, 2007.

March 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Laughter and music can be good for your blood pressure, according to a new study out of Japan.

The study looked at the effects of one-hour music sessions every two weeks on one group and laughter sessions on another group.

A third group did not participate in either session.

People in the music and laughter sessions saw a drop in their blood pressure but no change in blood pressure was recorded among the third group.

Researchers say music and laughter can reduce stress which in turn can lower blood pressure.