Argumentative Essay On Blood Pressure

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influence blood pressure and the other type can negatively influence blood pressure. A more detailed comparison will now be made between beneficial and harmful humour.
Harmful humour can be sarcastic or aggressive, e.g., “Madame, I’d like to drink to your beauty…So you can imagine how hard up I am for a drink!” (Groucho Marx)
Harmful humour can also be self-deprecating (ingratiating oneself), e.g., “My father had an ulcer for a long time, but he finally got rid of it…I left home.” (Alan Feiman)
The aggressive form of humour can result in offending someone. The self-deprecating form of humour can make people uncomfortable being around the self-deprecator. These harmful examples of humour can result in making less friends
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His story was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. And what a story Cousins had! He laughed himself back to health! In 1964, Cousins was given a fatal prognosis. He was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a progressive and painful rheumatoid disease. Cousins believed that since the mind and body are connected (as did Hippocrates), negative thoughts could produce an illness (cancer). The corollary is that positive thoughts (such as laughter) could produce a recovery. With massive doses of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and bouts of laughter (courtesy of The 3 Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, The Marx Brothers, and Candid Camera), Cousins recovered from his death sentence—extending his life by 25 years. Cousins documented his story in the book Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient (Savage et al., …show more content…
Would Cousins have recovered without laughter? Florence A. Ruderman, author of the article A Placebo for the Doctor, stated that there was no empirical evidence supporting Cousins’ supposed miraculous recovery, and perhaps he was misdiagnosed and recovered naturally from a non-fatal disease. Cousins had said that for every 10 minutes of laughter, he had 2 hours of pain-free sleep. His anecdotal statement was not supported by any empirical evidence (Ruderman, 1980); yet, scientific evidence for the analgesic effect of laughter comes in the form of endorphins. These are hormones produced by the central nervous system. Laughing (and jogging) both increase the release of endorphins which induce euphoria and act as an analgesic. This is why marathon joggers feel a runner’s high. Laughter also raises the serotonin levels in the brain which, alongside endorphins, create a feeling of well-being and even happiness (Savage et al., 2017). Notably, laughter and jogging both have similar effects compared to those of

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