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Cursing can be good for your health - here's when to let that four-letter word slip

It improves your workout

One study found that participants who swore saw a 2 to 4 percent increase in performance and an 8 percent boost in strength compared to those who kept their mouths shut.

Cursing diverts your attention, which makes you work harder than if you were only focusing on how tough the workout is.

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Cursing can be good for your health - here's when to let that four-letter word slip

Cursing can be good for your health - here's when to let that four-letter word slip

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/when-cursing-good-your-health-ncna843776

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Pain management

A study done at Keele University in the U.K. measured the effects swearing had on pain tolerance. They found that we can withstand more pain when using profanity.

Swearing triggers the fight or flight response, which then gives us that burst of energy to make it through the difficult or painful task.

It releases stress

When we complain or vent without cursing, we are keeping ourselves in check and don't totally release all feelings.

Cursing can be an effective emotional release. Our whole body and all emotions are connected with no filter.

You express yourself better

In one study, researchers found that the more curse words a participant was able to generate, the more expansive a vocabulary they had.

You appear more authentic

Swearing is such a raw form of expression. 

A recent study found that profanity is correlated with genuine feelings and emotions in social interactions. It indicated that those who curse may also be more likely to be truthful.

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Women swear just as much as men

Attitudinal surveys show that both men and women tend to judge women’s swearing much more harshly.

For example, when women with breast cancer or arthritis swear as a result of their condition, they’re much more likely to lose friends, particularly female friends. Whereas men who swear about conditions like testicular cancer tend to bond more closely with other men using the same vocabulary.

It lessens pain

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It helps avoid violence

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Swearing engages both sides of your brain.

This may be why people who have trouble speaking, such as stroke victims or stutterers, are often able to speak more easily when they curse.

The Repeated Bout Effect
The more you repeat a behavior, the less it impacts you because you become accustomed to it.
Examples Of The Repeated Bout Effect
  • When you haven't done much strength training, doing 30 pushups will make you stronger. But after a few months, an extra of 30 pushups isn't really building new muscle.
  • When you drink coffee for the first time, you notice an immediate caffeine spike. But after years of consumption, one cup of coffee seems to make less of a difference.
3 Lessons On Improvement
  • Doing a light amount of work is a great way to reduce the pain of difficult sessions.
  • The amount of work that you need to do to reach your maximum level of output is higher than what you are doing now.
  • Deliberate practice is critical to long-term success. Doing the same type of work over and over again is a strange form of laziness.

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