Go ahead, let rip with that rant. It’s good for you

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Go ahead, let rip with that rant. It’s good for you

Though it brings to mind old bores launching into tedious diatribes, mouthing off is just what you need in the pandemic

Jemima Kelly

Last week, my brother-in-law — who suffers from heart disease and high blood pressure — was having a rant at the breakfast table about “the collapse of civilisation” (his words). My sister, seeing his face redden and eyes bulge as he became increasingly animated, began to worry seriously that he could be about to give himself a heart attack.

To check that he wasn’t, she went to fetch his sphygmomanometer. They were both rather startled by what it showed: his blood pressure was the lowest it had been all week. Had his rant actually been good for him?

Ranting might have negative connotations, bringing to mind old bores launching into tedious diatribes, but perhaps we are too down on it. If it can bring physical and mental health benefits, maybe we should all indulge a little more — now, in the midst of a global pandemic, more than ever...

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