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Swearing May Be Good For You

It turns out science says swearing may be good for you -- and the findings are driving the internet into a frenzy.

Multiple studies are increasingly demonstrating the surprising benefits dropping an F-bomb has on well-being, reports HuffPost.

"The health benefits of swearing include ... elevated endorphins, and an overall sense of calm, control and well-being," says Neel Burton, a psychiatrist based in Oxford, England.

Saying naughty words doesn't just work wonders for your stress-levels, either. Cursing even provides physiological benefits.

One study, co-authored by a senior lecturer in psychology at Keele University, Dr. Richard Stephens, found that swearing increases one's ability to withstand pain, reports The New York Times.

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"For pain relief, swearing seems to trigger the natural 'fight or flight' stress response, as well as increased adrenaline and heart pumping," Stephens said. "This leads to stress-induced analgesia -- being more tolerant of pain."

In another study, Stephens revealed that uttering curse words can even improve your workouts.

Swearing can be good for personal and intellectual development, as well.

According to a study published by researchers from Maastricht University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Stanford, and the University of Cambridge, swearing may indicate high levels of integrity.

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Those who curse more may also have a larger vocabulary than their counterparts.

"A voluminous taboo lexicon may better be considered an indicator of healthy verbal abilities rather than a cover for their deficiencies," the researchers write, reports The Washington Post.

Other research from Danette Ifert Johnson, a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Ithaca College, shows cursing can even make your arguments more persuasive.

What's more, it can also improve your ability to communicate more effectively.

"By swearing, we not only communicate the meaning of a sentence, but also our emotional response to the meaning -- our emotional reaction to something. It also allows us to express anger, disgust or pain, or indicate to someone that they need to back off, without having to resort to physical violence," explains the BBC's Tiffanie Wen.

Such findings are increasingly taking the internet by storm

Many were amused.

"Looks like I might just live forever with all that health, happiness and honesty I'm racking up!" wrote one person in HuffPost's comments section.

However, not everybody believes such news.

"I cannot agree with this," responded one. "Civility means a great deal (at least to me), and swearing is just not civil."