As it turns out, there are some health benefits in dropping a swear word or two, according to research.
Traditionally, swearing in public is frowned upon by many people. They a give a side eye to those who love to let out expletives.
Although, several studies revealed that there are mental and physical health advantages. More than that, it could also be an advantage in the way we communicate with others.
SWEARING AVOIDS PHYSICAL VIOLENCE
It was discovered by a study that curing could make one’s argument more convincing. Supposedly, it gives a boost in an argument’s effectiveness and persuasiveness.
According to a BBC report, swearing can let you prove your point without resorting to a physical altercation.
“It also allows us to express anger, disgust or pain, or indicate to someone that they need to back off, without having to resort to physical violence.”
SWEARING LESSENS THE PAIN
In instances where we accidentally hurt ourselves, our instant reaction is to let out a few curses. A 2011 study proved that saying expletives during such situations increases our pain tolerance.
The research suggested that cursing naturally brings out the body’s pain-relieving chemicals. Time explained that the occurrence is similar to when the body is soothed by drugs like morphine.
SWEARING IMPROVES ONE’S HEALTH
A 2017 study has proved that when people swear during their workouts, it helps them perform better. A group of participants were made to perform two exercises and were tasked to repeat either neutral words or swear words. According to the New York Times, cursing has indeed dramatically improved the participant’s performance.
SWEARING ALSO IMPROVES ONE’S MENTAL HEALTH
Ironically, swearing brings out a sense of calm in a person. A psychiatrist from Oxford, England named Neel Burton wrote in Psychology Today, “The health benefits of swearing include increased circulation, elevated endorphins, and an overall sense of calm, control and well-being.”
SWEARING HAS OTHER BENEFITS
Apart from the fact that one’s liking for profanity means that he or she has an extensive vocabulary — which is a sign of intelligence — swearing a lot also makes people more honest, according to a study.
Supposedly, people who love letting out expletives lie less often and have more integrity than those who don’t curse.