Profanity Provides Health Benefits

November 4, 2019

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On an average day, we will curse 80 times!  Some of those foul words are G-rated but most involved a full out f-bomb! But there is no reason to hang your head in shame as researchers say there are plenty of ways that cursing is good for your physical and emotional health. In fact, unleashing expletives might actually raise your pain threshold. Researchers point to a 2009 study where people plunged a hand into cold water and left it there until they could no longer stand the pain. Those who uttered the expletive of their choice reported less pain and lasted about 40 seconds longer than those who were forced to chant a neutral word. These results were duplicated for those at the gym. Studies show that cursing can increase performance, strength and power linked with exercise. In one study, people who cursed while using stationary bikes had more power and strength than people who used "neutral" words. Swearing can activate your fight or flight response, firing up your aggressive tendencies (in a good way), which may explain why coaches and drill sergeants employ profanity-laced pep talks. Swearing has a cathartic effect. You know a couple (or more) well-placed expletives can have quite the soothing effect, if you’ve ever hit your thumb with a hammer by accident! You can get relief from non-physical ailments too. Whether you got dumped or are late for carpool, experts say swearing helps deal with emotion as well as pain. There are many theories as to why profanity can be good for you.  One is that swearing, if only to ourselves, shows that we are not passive victims but empowered to react and fight back, which boosts confidence and self-esteem.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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