If you bang your thumb with a hammer, does it really lessen the pain to let loose with a string of curse words? Automatically or involuntarily cursing under such circumstances is extremely common, if not universal, and a group of British scientists wondered if cursing helps reduce the agony..
Buddhist understanding of pain and suffering is that pain is a physical sensation, and the suffering of pain is how we relate to the pain.
This takes us to teachings about attachment, or clinging.
Suffering and Clinging
This is an especially important teaching for me right now, as I will be burying my mother this weekend. Not much more than that to be said.