Bodywork: Pulse

Jun 23, 2011
Outside Magazine
benefits of swearing

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Turns out that that F-bomb may be just what the doctor ordered. According to a study at England’s Keele University, participants who swore while their hand was submerged in a bucket of ice water were able to endure the pain longer than if they didn’t curse. Even more surprising, those participants who didn’t commonly cuss were able to cope with the discomfort for twice as long when they launched into a profanity-laced tirade. The takeaway? Let it fly, but only when you need it most.