Oh my heck! Those who don't swear have higher pain tolerance

by | Dec. 20, 2011

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In one of his biggest hits the country artist Rodney Atkins sings, "My 4-year-old said a four-letter word, it started with s, and I was concerned, and I said son, now where'd you learn to talk like that?

"He said, 'I've been watching you.'"

No need to listen to the rest of the song (called "Watching You") to know how embarrassed Atkins was that his son picked up his own bad habit. But while Atkins' behavior prompts him to ask the Lord later in the song to "help him help his stupid self," a new study suggests that as long as Atkins doesn't routinely practice his foul-mouthed antics, he may have found a way to temporarily tolerate pain.

This won't be the pain reliever of choice for many people, but when Keele University researchers had their subjects hold their hands in ice-cold water, they found that those who typically don't use swear words could handle the cold twice as long if they swore than they could when they used a neutral word instead, according to The Telegraph.

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