New research shows cursing can actually help relieve stress and increase pain tolerance.
Do you ever feel bad for having a bit of a foul mouth? Well, new scientific research assures us you can ditch any sense of guilt—so long as your cursing is in the name of better health. A recent study shows saying profanities can relieve stress and give you a higher pain-tolerance. It's basically recommended and encouraged. Seriously!
According to Forbes, researchers from Keele University asked a group of volunteers to stick their hands under icy-cold water. During the first round of the experiment, they told the participants to yell out a stream of curse words. For the second, they asked them to yell out inoffensive terms. (Wouldn't you have loved to be a fly on the wall for this study?) The results? The volunteers were able to keep their hands under the frigid water for longer while swearing in the process.
Yelling out profanities raised heart rates, relieved stress and triggered the fight-and-flight response "downplaying feebleness in favor of a more pain-tolerant machismo," scientist Dr. Richard Stephens said. 10 Ways Stress Erodes Your Health
This stress-relieving, pain-reducing reaction is probably why swearing has been prevalent throughout all of time, and in virtually every language—because our brains really want us to curse, therapeutically speaking.
"Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon," Dr. Stephens said. "It taps into emotional brain centers and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain. Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists." Are You In Love? A Brain Scan Can Tell
So, we hope this research makes you feel a little better the next time you get into an argument with your guy. We know the swear words can slip out... now, science says it's OK. Just tell your S.O. you're practicing stress management (wink, wink).