I want to stop complaining.
With a few words I have my close friends in stiches. I can picture them rolling on the floor with tears in their eyes…
Spend 10 minutes with my mom and you know where I have picked it up. I may also be culturally predisposed. It’s not even complaining as such, just pointing out what’s all not that great and there’s lots of stuff that’s really not that great. No generalizations here. I’ve been told by a British person, the British complain the most. I’ve been told by a Greek person, the Greek complain the most. Maybe Europe is the heartland of complaining culture?
Yesterday, I’ve talked about A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen. He explains if your brain is full of negative thoughts, there is not much room for positive thoughts to exist, let alone flourish, and challenges his readers to stop complaining for 21 consecutive days. Finishing this trial successfully will not only make you a happier and healthier person, this can also have a great multiplier effect on the people around you.
No complaining includes all your everyday useless complaining, like about the weather. No complaining also means no negative self-talk, no gossiping and no sarcasm. According to Bowen about 50% make it through. I cannot help but wonder if this is a bit idealistic.
Well, this is day one.
Artwork based on J. Howard Miller's We can do it, 1943.