You may turn some heads at traffic lights, but shouting expletives is actually good for you, says this research out of New Zealand. Like all good things though, it comes in moderation.
The example given was an effective way to heal a broken heart, but the technique actually works for any sort of social distress. If you have a fight with a loved one, were left out of a group outing, maybe if you were embarrassed somehow, any sort of “short-term social distress,” they say, cursing, not necessarily loudly, but out-loud, provides a sort of distraction from the incident. It sort of takes your mind off of whatever happened, provides a “reset,” and lets you carry on.
There’s even been discoveries that shouting expletives actually help to relieve physical pain. How ’bout that?
They do warn, however, that prolonged or often use sort of waters-down the effectiveness, so if you already find yourself cursing often, you may not benefit as much as those who are a little more “silent.”