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“Study Says Swear Words May Be Good For Us”

According to a recent survey, a majority of Americans use expletives every day, with one in four letting out their first cuss word of the day before breakfast. Swearing is the most common response to frustrations or stressful situations—whether finance-related, matters of the heart, or professional woes—according to 63% of survey participants. We have always been cautioned, especially by religious authorities, that use of curse or swear words can really get us into trouble. Swearing can get a bad rap but studies show there might be some health benefits to letting a curse word fly once in a while. Research suggests that the practice helps us manage stress and possibly provides measurable health benefits. From improving pain tolerance to providing a boost to physical strength and athletic performance, here’s what studies say about using swear words. According to a study published in Frontiers in Psychology, this swear word response may be more than a knee-jerk reaction to stubbing a toe or accidentally touching a hot surface—it could help us deal with the pain. Researchers found that conventional swearing resulted in a 32% increase in pain threshold scores and a 33% increase in pain tolerance. Using curse words also increased subjects’ ratings for emotion, humor, and distraction, compared with the neutral word group.

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