30 Apr '11, 12pm

Sh*t! Study Shows Swearing Reduces Pain

Sh*t! Study Shows Swearing Reduces Pain

I've always felt that a good swear word makes me feel better. While I'm not one to cuss at people, appliances and bad hair days, well, I'm all for it. And it turns out I was right. According to a study reported by the Telegraph , swearing can actually relieve pain. According to the story : Scientists from Keele University found that letting forth a volley of foul language can have a powerful painkilling effect , especially for people who do not normally use expletives. To test the theory, student volunteers placed their hands in a bucket of ice cold water while swearing repeatedly. They then repeated the exercise but, instead of swearing, used a harmless phrase instead. Researchers found that the students were able to keep their hands submerged in the icy water for longer when repeating the swear word - establishing a link between swearing and an increase in pain tolerance...

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