Happy people have less hypertension

Laughter may well be the best medicine for high blood pressure, with a new study showing happiness is linked to a 10% reduced risk of hypertension.

In a prospective study of 6384 middle-aged public servants in the UK, researchers found an inverse relationship between ‘high emotional vitality’ and risk of incident hypertension over a 10 year period.

The study showed that for each standard deviation increase in emotional vitality there was a  4-5% reduction in incident hypertension. However, no protective effect was seen for