Can swearing help me cope with pain?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
While you should avoid it front of the kids, research shows that your brain and body cope better with what’s bothering you when you swear! In one study, researchers had people dip their hands in an ice bath. Participants who swore were able to tolerate the pain better. It seems swearing increased those participants’ heart rates, which may trigger a fight-or-flight response, allowing the body to tolerate or even ignore pain. You can even start a swear jar and double the benefits!

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