The average American utters 80 to 90 curse words every day. Here’s why it’s good for you.

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Narrator: Americans are cursing more today than ever before. In fact, the average American utters 80 to 90 curse words every day. That’s about five curse words every waking hour. And it might not be in vain. Turns out, swearing may help make you live a happier, healthier life in the long-run.

When you stub your toe and holler your favorite dirty, four-letter word, You’re actually doing yourself a favor. Swearing has been known to raise your heart rate, which can help reduce the pain. For example, one study found that people who held their hand in icy water while cursing lasted 50% longer than the people who used neutral words – like “wooden” and “flat.”

And if you’re still not convinced that you should curse more, consider this: Swearing could be the key to improving your workouts. Researchers asked people to curse while riding a stationary bike and holding a device that measured handgrip strength. Wouldn’t you know it, participants pedaled faster and gripped stronger while spewing their favorite expletives. And swearing won’t just help you get more fit, it can also reduce stress and anxiety.

For instance, one study found that swearing helped drivers better cope with their frustration on the road whenever a pedestrian illegally crossed the street. And in fact, this type of emotional relief is so common, it has a name: Lalochezia. Scientists think that this relief is one reason why we’ve evolved to curse in the first place.Because it’s a way for us to express strong emotions – like anger and frustration – without having to throw a punch or act out.

And this method – of choosing words over violence – has other benefits, too. Studies show that people who curse are perceived as more genuine and sincere. And researchers have found that people who can list the most swear words also come across as more honest when they’re measured on a lie scale.

But there’s still one place where cursing is almost always out of the question: Work. But you might have a good excuse to swear there too. Researchers studied a team of workers at a soap factory in New Zealand, and looked at the use of a particular swear word, we’ll call it “the f-word.”

Turns out that using “the f-word” helped the workers express politeness, alleviate tension, and bond with each other. So, we’re not saying you should curse out your boss, but a little swearing here and there can’t hurt, and sh-t, it may even help.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in December 2018.

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Biden warns Georgia voters that $2,000 stimulus checks will never arrive if Republicans win Senate run-offs

President-elect Joe Biden addresses a campaign rally with Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock the day before their runoff election in the parking lot of Center Parc Stadium January 04, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Biden's trip comes a day after the release of a recording of an hourlong call where President Donald Trump seems to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the votes he would need to reverse the presidential election outcome in the state.
President-elect Joe Biden addresses a campaign rally with Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock the day before their runoff election in the parking lot of Center Parc Stadium January 04, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • President-elect Joe Biden said Monday that Americans would receive $2,000 stimulus checks “immediately” if Georgia votes for Democrats in the Senate run-offs.
  • He warned Georgians “those checks will never get there” if Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the two Republican incumbents, win.
  • The pair are running against Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The polls in Georgia close at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
  • The Senate has so far rejected $2,000 checks — but a Democratic win in the run-offs would see the Senate split 50-50, with Vice-president elect Kamala Harris holding a tie-breaking vote.
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President-elect Joe Biden told Georgia voters on Monday that $2,000 stimulus checks would be sent out to struggling Americans right away if the state votes for Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in US senate run-offs.

More than three million people have voted early in-person or by mail in the Georgia run-offs, according to the US Elections Project. The polls in Georgia close at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

During his speech in Atlanta, Georgia, Biden promised that if Warnock and Ossoff won the run-offs, “that money will go out the door immediately to help people who are in real trouble.”

Biden, who is due to take office on January 20, warned that if Georgians voted for Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the two Republican incumbents, “those checks will never get there.” 

Direct payments of $2,000, backed by President Donald Trump and both Perdue and Loeffler, have been blocked four times by the Republican-controlled Senate, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling them “socialism for the rich.”

If Warnock and Ossoff won in the run-offs, the Senate would be split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans – and Vice-president elect Kamala Harris would have a tie-breaking vote.

Congress passed a $900 billion stimulus bill on December 22 containing $600 stimulus checks. In a speech on December 22, Biden called the legislation “a down payment,” and Democrats have said they will push for more federal aid when Biden takes office January 20.

Trump signed the relief package on December 28, but is urging lawmakers to reach a deal on larger $2,000 checks.

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Biden told Georgians that the debate over stimulus checks isn’t an “abstract debate,” it’s about “real lives.”

His trip came a day after the Washington Post released a recording in which Trump appeared to plead with Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” additional votes to win the state during the 2020 presidential election.

Georgia voted for a Democratic presidential nominee in the November election for the first time since 1992. 

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Cancellation policies for the 4 major airlines show it’s almost impossible for customers to just get their money back

FILE PHOTO: Delta Airlines planes and a British Airways plane (2nd L) are pictured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, on the day Delta CEO Ed Bastian told employees he was cutting 40% of capacity in the coming months, the largest in the airline's history, in addition to pursuing aid, in SeaTac, Washington, U.S. March 13, 2020.  REUTERS/Jason Redmond/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Delta Airlines planes and a British Airways plane are pictured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington

  • Throughout 2020, travelers have been forced to cancel or reschedule trips due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Most airlines allow customers to rebook or cancel, but it can be difficult to get a monetary refund. 
  • Here’s what you can do if you have a flight with United, Delta, American, or Southwest that you need to cancel.
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With US passports virtually useless and coronavirus cases spiking in various parts of the country, many Americans are postponing or canceling their travel plans.

A recent rise in coronavirus cases along with the discovery of a new strain means some travelers may continue to postpone or cancel their plans. And on December 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated travel guidelines for winter holidays, recommending “postponing travel and staying home, as this is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”

While airlines have been more flexible than usual with allowing customers to change their reservations, the industry is losing billions of dollars as air travel remains disrupted. 

When it became clear that air travel was going to be on the decline for the foreseeable future, the Transportation Department said “any airline operating in the US, foreign or domestic,” had to refund tickets for flights the airline canceled and couldn’t offer an alternative without a “substantial” schedule change,” as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Many airlines have placed the responsibility on consumers if they want to change their plans, but if fliers want a monetary refund it can be hard. 

Here’s a look at what the major US Airlines are doing in the case of cancelled plans. 

American 

Tickets that expired between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 can be used until December 31, 2021. The airline has dropped change fees for flights originating from North and South America. Basic Economy fares are still ineligible for change fees.

Customers can change their flight once, but additional fees may apply when rebooking. Destination changes are allowed. 

If a customer wants to cancel their trip, the value of the ticket will be applied to a later date. There is no outright option for customers to get their money back when they cancel online.

American no longer blocks middle seats.

Delta 

Customers can modify their trips, “including any flights purchased before April 17, 2020, departing March 2020 through March 2021 and all tickets purchased March 1, 2020 through March 30, 2021.” The airline has dropped change fees for all flights originating from North America. Destination changes are allowed. 

Cancellations are allowed on Delta, and the value of the ticket may be applied to a new reservation up to one year from the original purchase. Basic Economy tickets are not eligible for refunds. 

Delta will continue to block off middle seats until the end of March. 

Southwest

If a customer using a non-refundable ticket cancels, their funds will be valid until September 7, 2022. Once a customer rebooks the ticket, it will expire 12 months after purchase, following Southwest’s traditional booking rules. 

Southwest does offer refunds via the original form of payment, but only on Business Select or Anytime tickets. 

Southwest no longer blocks middle seats.

United 

United does allow passengers to change or cancel their flights. Tickets issued between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 are eligible for a flight change of equal or lesser value without a fee change. The same rules apply to any canceled flights, with customers receiving credits for use at a later date. The airline has also dropped all change fees – including Basic Economy fares – for flights originating from the US.

In the event that the new booking costs more than the old one, the customer will have to pay the difference. 

United, like American and Southwest, has resumed the sale of middle seats. 

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