Health Why Swearing Might Actually Be Good for You
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Emma Byrne, PhD, thinks it’s a damn shame cursing gets such a bad rap. “We’ve been socialized to believe that swearing is universally really bad, but it isn’t always about being aggressive, or overwhelmingly negative towards people,” says the computer scientist and author of the new book Swearing Is Good For You ($26,). In fact, research suggests dropping the f-bomb comes with some legit mind-body benefits. Here, Byrne highlights four surprising ways curse words can boost your well-being.
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Reach those weight loss goals once and for all!If you're not familiar with Weight Watchers, here's a little bit of background: Typically the Weight Watchers program works on a point system. Every single food item has a specific number of points, which Weight Watchers calls SmartPoints. You're allowed a specific number of points every day, helping you to portion out your food and eat foods that have a lesser point value (like produce).
Unleashing expletives might actually raise your pain threshold
For a 2009done at Keele University in the UK, researchers asked college students to plunge a hand in ice-cold water. They found that when the participants repeated a swear word out loud during the chilly experience, they were able to keep their digits submerged for longer, and reported feeling less pain than when they repeated a neutral word. "Their subjective experience of how bad [their hand] hurt was incredibly different when they were swearing," says Byrne. "When they were swearing, it didn’t feel as bad."
One theory is that cursing helps, which raises your heart rate and pumps more adrenaline through your body—two physiological responses that make us more tolerant of pain. So the next time you stub your toe, go ahead and curse out your couch.
8 Ways to Avoid Jet Lag, According to Airline Staff
Traveling is one of the best things in life, in my opinion. But there is one thing that we all hate about the activity: jet lag. It can knock you out for a good few days, both during your trip and when you return home, and unfortunately there isn't a magic cure. However, there are tips and tricks to help get over the worst of it, and for that you need to look to the experts.When it comes to the field of jet lag, nobody understands it quite like airline crew. Being an in-flight expert is their job, and they've found some pretty great ways of dealing with the downsides of traveling.
Well-timed curses can help relieve stress
Struggling to get through a tough task? Go ahead and say how you really feel about it. “Studies show that when you put people in stressful situations and tell them they cannot swear, their performance goes down and their experience of stress is much greater,” explains Byrne. She points to research done in airplane cockpits and operating rooms: Pilots and surgeons who are allowed to swear on the job are better able tofrom stressful events (think: tricky takeoffs, or close calls in surgery) compared to pilots and surgeons who aren't permitted to curse. The takeaway: a string of expletives can be a useful way to blow off some f*cking steam and get the job done.
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People Who Swear May Be Happier, Healthier And More Honest
Good news for pottymouths. Swearing is pretty @*&# good for your overall well-being. Here's what science has to say.While swearing may have once been considered an unsavory habit, research has found there are some benefits to using more colorful language. Not only does cursing come with some mental and physical health perks, it also could positively affect how you converse with others. In other words, it’s pretty darn good for your overall well-being.
Using swear words can help you cope with health issues
“For people recovering from cancer, or who have a long-term chronic illness, swearing is really helpful in terms of processing their emotions,” Byrne says. "With respect to cancer patients, the work particularly on male patients—specifically testicular cancer survivors—shows that [swearing] is a way to talk about sadness and loss without losing face as "masculine," by crying or admitting to fear, for example.”
Swearing while you sweat may make you physically stronger
You know those grips you can squeeze to build finger, hand, and forearm strength? Well, they work much better if you curse while you squeeze, according to researchers. “We’ve seen that you can exercise much more force on those objects and also do it for longer if you’re swearing while you hold them,” explains Byrne. “It increases yourand strength temporarily.”
Give it a try! As you bang out reps at the gym, repeat a few choice words and see what that does for you. And if you ever find yourself in a situation in which you need to summon extreme strength—say, to lift a heavy object off someone trapped beneath it—swear with all your might, says Byrne.
Hey, Chantal: My BFF Is Kind Of A Jerk To People. What Should I Do?
Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk dishes out some tough love in her advice column for Chatelaine. This week: How to deal with that totally rude friend.You absolutely should let your friend know that you find her behaviours disrespectful to others and to you and it stresses you out. You have to set a boundary here: That when you are out together, a standard of manners must be upheld.
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The ladies of “The Real” chat it up about a new study that says cursing is actually good for you… who knew?!
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