Sunday, April 24, 2011

Swearing Is Actually Good for Health, Sayeth Study

So, my doubting mind has been put at rest. For long I have wondered whether swearing and a bit of scatological bad mouthing was bad for the mind. Actually it turns out, it is good. As sayeth this article in why not swear your way to a clutter-free mind. Excerpt:

Researchers from Keele University in Staffordshire, England, asked test subjects to put their hands in icy cold water, and see how long they could stand to keep them immersed. (This is a common practice to test pain, because it leaves no mark and does no physiological harm.)
They then had the study participants either say a swear word or a neutral word. They found that those who invoked foul language were able to withstand the pain better than those who kept it clean.  

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