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6 Reasons Your Friends Who Swear A Lot Are More Intelligent, Honest And Happier Than Others

6 Reasons Your Friends Who Swear A Lot Are More Intelligent, Honest And Happier Than Others

We often hold back from shouting curse words in public but here are few good things about people who swear.

Most cultures and societies across the world regard the use of rude, offensive language as a matter of misconduct. It wouldn't be surprising for parents of particularly rebellious teens to have a swear jar at home either. As frowned upon as it might be, looks like it may not be all that bad after all, at least for the person doing all the swearing. While some use it to express anger, for others, swearing might as well be the most satisfying way of expressing surprise and perhaps even joy!

As frowned upon as it might be, looks like letting out the occasional curse word may not be all that bad after all, at least for the person doing all the swearing. According to the Huffington Post, swearing is good for the overall health and well being of a person with a number of researches backing this claim, and as it turns out, this habit also reveals quite a bit about your personality.

1. Swearing is a sign of intelligence

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People who use obscene language are usually frowned upon and are regarded as those who lack good vocabulary. However, science indicates the contrary. A study done by psychologists found links between their fluency in swearing and their language. It was found that such people possess the ability to use their language intelligently. Not only are they considered to have good language, but they are also considered to have a higher IQ level. A book written by  Richard Stephens, a psychologist at Keele University called the  Black Sheep: The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad said that knowing a lot of swear words is a mark of intelligence. 

2. Swearing gives you a sense of calm

Letting out swear words gives you a sense of calm, control and well-being. Neel Burton, a psychiatrist based in Oxford, England, and author of Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions said that swearing gives you greater control in bad circumstances. He stated in Psychology Today, "The health benefits of swearing include increased circulation, elevated endorphins, and an overall sense of calm, control, and well-being." However, Burton adds that getting angry at the same time may be a bad idea. 

3. Swearing a lot means you are honest

Researchers who examined participants for the use of obscene language put them through a lie scale, where the participants were asked to answer redundant questions to determine their truthfulness. The study concluded that people who swear a lot lied a lot lesser and had a higher level of integrity than those who had an apparently clean vocabulary.

4. Swearing shows that you have an effective way of communicating

When you are swearing, you are not only communicating a sentence but also expressing an emotion be it pain, anger, disgust or sadness, but through words. Research showed that swearing communicates your feelings about a topic without using many words to explain. It also stated that swearing is a great way to get your point across effectively.

5. Swearing helps to perform better during exercise

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Working out may be easy for some, but it does take a toll on others. Scientists now say swearing will help improve the performance of your workout. Shouting a few curse words while pushing your limits is not a bad idea. The research conducted in 2017 asked participants who were working out to shout curse words during physical activity. They found that this helped them improve the quality of their workout. 

6. Swearing improves your pain tolerance 

Another great quality of swearing is that it helps you cope up with pain quite effectively. A study conducted in 2011 said that it increases the ability of the person to withstand pain. According to Time, the researchers hypothesized that cursing can release natural and pain-relieving chemicals that have a similar effect like morphine.

References:

https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/health-benefits-of-swearing_n_5a5e44a8e4b0106b7f65b3a6
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