Did you know that the average person complains about 15-30 times a day? We usually don’t notice when we do it ourselves, but you have probably felt the negative energy that comes from being around someone who complains a lot. It can start to bring you down, and that’s what we do to ourselves without even realizing it.
Negative thoughts have a stronger impact than you might think – when you complain about something, it usually leads to more negative thoughts and discontent. But you can also turn that around – when you express gratitude, you begin to see things in a different way. I think that this article relates perfectly. The things that one person complains about may be the thing that another person wishes they had.
Game Plan: I first heard about the Complaint-Free World movement on Oprah several years ago, and it’s something that I would like to bring back to practice in my own life. What you do is wear a bracelet and whenever you catch yourself complaining, switch it over to the other wrist. The goal is to go 21 days without complaining, and it might take 4 months, or it might take 10 months. The point is to be more mindful about the messages you are sending out into the world and how it affects you and those around you. Try it yourself!