There is scientific evidence proving that cursing is actually good for your health! Listed below are 6 Health Benefits of Swearing revealed by researchers on the subject:
1. It Increases Intelligence
What you parents told you about swearing making you look stupid is actually false!
Science has dismissed the myth that cursing is just an excuse for poor vocabulary. An article by Time suggests that those who add a little ‘color’ to their speech actually have a larger vocabulary and higher emotional intelligence, thus making them smarter overall. So, swearing is a sign of verbal intelligence rather than a lack of proper vocabulary.
2. It Decreases Stress Level
In a recent study published in Biological Psychology, displays of anger may lessen the release of cortisol (a hormone released by the brain when under stress), which in high amounts has been related to heart disease, bone loss, and obesity.
Swearing can effect increased circulation, elevated endorphins, and an overall sense of calm, control, and well-being.
So go ahead and let it all hang out. I swear, you will feel so much better afterwards.
3. It Increases Confidence
Studies have shown that the occasional swearing can help us feel more in control of situations that we feel are out of hand. According to Richard Stephens, a researcher from Keele University, cursing can help increase adrenaline, which makes us feel aggression. While this is not always good, adrenaline-induced aggression does actually make us feel stronger and more powerful. In essence, your confidence is increased.
Neel Burton, an English psychiatrist, also says that “By swearing we show, if only to ourselves, that we are not passive victims but empowered to react and fight back. This can boost our confidence and self-esteem.”
4. It Increases Pain Tolerance
Stephens and his colleagues at Keele University in England found that people who swear are able to hold their hands in ice water for twice as long. However, this only holds for people who swear a few times a day, not for so-called “chain-swearers.”
If you’re waiting for an ambulance and have no drugs, cursing can actually reduce the feeling of pain.
So while it may not actually help
in healing the leg you’ve broken, cursing the ladder you fell off may at least help lessen pain you feel.
5. It Increases Attractiveness
Perhaps this isn’t so scientific, but to hell with it: People who curse are just hotter.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that swearing with tact can be a turn-on, to both men and women.
6. It Increases Bondsd with Friends and Family
One author found that cursing in front of others showed that you were “comfortable enough in their company to be yourself and feel relaxed. By cursing in front of other people, you send them the signal that you’re open, honest and easy going.”
Maybe this is why cursing at the referees among an audience of your peers makes you all feel like you’re in it together! However, use caution. As in the point above, this is really for when you’re simpatico with your cohorts.
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