Have you been told that cursing isn’t lady-like?
Well, eff that shit! You have science on your side. An f-bomb can supply just the right amount of color to get your point across, and there is plenty of research that says it’s good for your physical and emotional health.
The next time you’re ready to let loose, do so with confidence while reaping the potential benefits:
1. It eases pain.
In a research study published in the journal NeuroReport, college students plunged their hands into cold water to see how long they could withstand the freezing temps. Those who uttered the expletive of their choice reported less pain and lasted about 40 seconds longer than those who were forced to chant a neutral word. After leading the study, researcher Richard Stephens of Keele University in England said, “I would advise people, if they hurt themselves, to swear.”
2. It doesn’t mean you’re stupid or ignorant.
People falsely believe those who swear have a limited vocabulary hence the reason for curse words. Good news! This is actually false.
Psychologists have determine that cursing isn’t directly linked to intellect.
3. It makes you feel stronger.
Swearing can activate your fight or flight response, firing up your aggressive tendencies — hopefully in a positive way. If you ever wondered why drill sergeants and coaches swear when giving “pep talk,” this might be the reason why.
4. It keeps you engaged.
Monika Bednarek, senior lecturer in linguistics at the University of Sydney, studied some of America’s most popular TV shows, counting how many swear words were used in each one. “The Wire” with more than 100 curse words per episode won the profanity sweepstakes. The Oscar-nominated “The Wolf of Wall Street” had so many curse words that it worked out to about one curse word every 20 seconds. The conclusion? Swearing equals popularity.
5. It helps you bond.