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The Perfect Day! Part 9

5 pm: Headache? Try swearing

Had a stressful day and your head hurts? According to a British study heavy swearing helps.

67 people volunteered for the Keele University in Newcastle-under-Lyme to be tested on their degree of pain sensation. They had to hold their in ice cold water as long as possible. During the test they repeated a swear word of their choice. In a second test they had to repeat a neutral word over and over again.

Comparing the results showed that when swearing participants could keep their hand in the ice cold water longer. How this mechanism exactly works, they couldn’t say but they monitored a higher pulse with the subjects that were swearing.