Not Complaining Is Hard
Oh, the irony of that headline.
If you were to give me a rough estimate, how often do you think you complain in a day?
(But that was according to statistics from over 6 years ago.)
I started counting the other day, but when I got to 25 complaints, I stopped counting.
From little things like, ‘ugh it’s so hot out right now’, to larger comments about feeling tired and overworked.
The average Westerner talks negatively about their image, negatively about their abilities, negatively about their status, negatively about what’s going on in the world, and on and on. Nag Nag Nag...
It’s crazy to me how something so subtle we do is so pervasive.
Complaining has a detrimental impact on our lives. Every problem that we complain about amplifies the problem tenfold because all we’re doing is bringing our complete attention on what’s wrong, instead of what’s possible.
Complaining also infects everyone around us. The more you do it, the more others do it too (or worse — they stop wanting to be around you)
Even if everything sucks, complaining won’t make it better — just worse. The first step to being happy and content in life is to stop complaining about what you don’t have, can’t do, must do, and start acting on what you can.
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
And wherever you are, keep smiling :)
— Josh Waggoner
1. Try counting how many times you can catch yourself complaining in a day.