WTF? Dirty Words Are Good for Your Health

Source: Tips On Healthy Living

Ah, #$@! it. We all know cursing is a social landmine, but sometimes—when you bang your elbow, are having a bad day, or maybe even had a teensy bit too much to drink—you unleash a blue streak that could cause the heavens to weep. But is it as good for your health as say, a long, mind-clearing runmeditating with the Dalai Lama or brain-calming exercises?

It’s true, according to some very interesting research that shows swearing may actually be good for you. In a study, participants who swore while submerging their hand in ice water were able to endure the pain longer than those who didn’t or simply uttered non-curse words.

Interesting indeed. And while it doesn’t give you license to start talking like a salty sailor, the research does reveal a rather crucial element of the way our brains perceive pain, and at the very least, helps make us feel less guilty when the occasional profanity slips out.

Scientists believe that there is a deep, psychological reason that swearing is our instinctive response to a stubbed toe or banged forehead. They found that expletives actually tie into a different part of the brain than other language — the primal, emotional side that also controls our survivalist and defensive reflexes.

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