Good news for all of you potty mouths – swearing not only feels good but it’s study-proven to be good for your mental and physical health. In fact, there’s been a surprising amount of research done on the topic. Most recently, a new study in the U.K. found that cursing could boost your muscle strength and stamina. Participants were asked to pedal as hard as they could on a stationary bike while saying their favorite curse word. The result: a significant increase in power.
Ready for some more perks of profanity? @!%# yeah!
- It can help you feel more resilient: As long as your words aren’t directed at someone, swearing can be cathartic and provide a harmless emotional release that can make you feel stronger, according to psychologists at England’s Keele University.
- It will help you feel more calm. A few curse words now and again can help increase circulation and endorphins, and improve your overall wellbeing. One caveat: Swearing paired with intense anger is a slippery slope.
- It helps relieve pain. Swearing not only increases your heart rate but also your tolerance to pain. In one study, participants who swore reported less pain and were able to keep their hands in a bucket of ice water about 40 seconds longer than those who didn’t use profanity.
- It helps you feel in control, even if you’re not. Next time you’re on hold for what feels like forever, try swearing. It can ease frustration and many systems are programed to detect profanity and connect you with a real person more quickly, according to ReadersDigest.com.
Of course, there’s times when containing yourself is a better option than cursing! Using profanity too often and in public can give you a poor image, after all.
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