Is your swear jar overflowing? According to a growing pool of research, it's just a sign of awesomeness.
For years we've been shamed into thinking that cursing is bad, something reserved for low-lifes and sailors. But new research suggests the exact opposite is true.
Several studies have found that swearing is a healthy practice that encourages emotional strength. Which pretty much debunks the theory that cursing is the language of the ignorant.
In one British study, researchers found that we swear to cope with situations that make us feel strong emotions, and that a good string of expletives can actually help us endure pain.
"We want to use more taboo words when we are emotional. We grow up learning what these words are and using these words while we are emotional can help us to feel stronger," Dr. Richard Stephens said in a presentation to the British Psychological Society. "Some words are more taboo than others - but the effects can be greater, the stronger the word."
Not only do we feel more confident when we curse, but apparently it makes us a whole lot more attractive, too.
In a radio and online survey conducted by The Frisky , both men and women agreed that swearing can be a turn-on, but only when done in appropriate contexts (i.e. Mama Bear moments or talking dirty in the sack).
The moral of the story is that bottling emotions is bad for your health. If dropping an F-bomb helps you blow off steam or express your true feelings , let it fly. Just don't get excessive.
"Those of us with the dirty mouths shouldn’t be looking to clean them up too soon. Instead, swearing should come out of the taboo closet and be used by everyone on a daily basis," writes Chris Riotta for Elite Daily. However, just like too much salt in your food, overdoing it can delete all the benefits--especially when it comes to how you're perceived by peers and those in authority. Think of swear words as a spice rather than the main ingredient and you'll be golden.
And anyone who disagrees can f*ck right off.