You know what’s always nice? Finding out that something you’ve believed strongly all your life is actually true.
That’s how I felt this morning when I woke up and learned that swearing is good for you.
According to a study by Keele University in Britain, a few well placed four letter words can help to ease physical pain, cutting the duration of the painful sensation by as much as 50 percent. Now, I’ll grant that 64 undergrads jamming their hands into a bucket of ice water isn’t exactly an unimpeachable study. But there’s got to be a reason that the natural reflex on stubbing your toe is to let loose with a string of expletives, and it’s easy to believe it’s because it feels good.
And considering that many evolutionary psychologists theorize that swearing may be one of the first steps on the road to speech, it seems natural that the same sort of language we used to first express pain or displeasure would remain a coping mechanism for it today.