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Don't be shy. Scientists reveal why swearing makes us better and happier

A new study confirms the power of swearing – it's so damn important and damn smart.

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Have you noticed that sometimes there is no better way to calm down than to swear well? Scientists seem to have found an explanation for this – it turns out that a strong word can not only make us happier, but also better, writes The Guardian.

Researchers have found that swearing is associated with many desirable conversational outcomes, such as making you more persuasive in an argument. In addition, studies show that using strong language can also make a person happier, less susceptible to pain, and healthier.

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It would seem that there are only pluses from all sides, but scientists warn that you should not completely switch to obscene language – alas, the number of swear words is unlikely to make you even happier. Firstly, obscene language still has a negative connotation, and secondly, swearing can be easily interpreted as impoliteness or humiliation, or even a manifestation of aggression. Scientists emphasize that in the issue of swearing, the context is everything.

Curiously, some swear words acquired their context over time, while others appeared later. Scientists know for sure that the words themselves do not have much meaning, for example, swearing in a foreign language does not cause the same reaction in people. Moreover, swearing will bring less happiness and health to those who speak it as their first language.

Scientists suggest that profanity causes emotional arousal because we were punished for using swear words in childhood. However, there is currently not much empirical evidence to support this hypothesis.

Most likely, swearing is processed in a different part of the brain than the rest of speech. Scientists suggest that swearing may activate the amygdala and basal ganglia, rather than higher-order processing structures.

The study also found that swearing can have psychological, emotional, and even physiological effects. For example, in one study, people who swore were able to keep their hands in ice-cold water longer than those who didn't. In addition, researchers have noticed that the repetition of swearing increases muscle performance during physical training.

Curiously, studies have also shown that swearing can strengthen social relationships and increase trust. For example, text messages with a couple of strong words seem more believable. Therefore, scientists strongly recommend that you do not restrain yourself in expressions and from time to time give yourself a good swear.