A novel investigation performed by the Osaka University in Japan discovered that middle aged men and women can actually lower their levels of blood pressure when they listen to music and have a few laughs.
The investigation was performed with a group of almost 80 people whose ages ranged from 40 to 74. There was also another group that was labeled as the control group which didn’t listen to music.
In order to keep track of the changes in the blood pressure, researchers made sure to take the blood pressure before the session would start. They also encouraged the subjects to start singing so they would get in the happy mood of music. Once they went home they were persuaded to keep on listening to more music.
A yoga technique was implemented in the study which is considered to be the yoga of laughter; it was supported with other relaxing techniques that also helped the subjects breathe easier.
The duration of the study was three months which gave the researchers plenty of time to start analyzing and comparing the results that they were obtaining. They were able to see that the blood pressure levels had successfully decreased in the subjects that were part of the laughter group. These results were compared to those obtained from the control group – which didn’t listen to music – which presented no change in their blood pressure levels.
Although the results of this study brings joy the researchers have stated that further testing is needed in order to prove that the results will last for the long term. They added that even though this is preliminary, all people starting from the age of 40 should make it a point to start listening to music more often because at the end it will do more good and no harm.