Study: Swearing can help cope with pain

December 2, 2011 12:05:40 PM PST
Using four letter words is bad, right?

Not according to a British study: The study shows swearing can help people cope with pain.

For the study, students were asked to stick their hands in near-freezing water. Those who repeated a swear word were able to keep their hands in the water twice as long as those who didn't swear.

Researchers believe cursing triggers stress-induced numbing, but they also say swearing provides no extra benefit to people who do it constantly.

The study has been published in the "America's Journal of Pain."

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