Did you know that the average person expresses complaints about 15-30 times a day? I hadn’t ever put much thought into it, until recently as I have been studying the science behind positive mental attitude theory. You sort of take it for granted that negative thinking is not healthy, but we also sort of feel entitled to practice a little venting now and then. So why do we do it? Perhaps we really believe being critical is harmless….or so we think. To continue reading this post, click here .
I recently found out about really cool initiative aimed at helping people stop complaining. Why would anyone care about not complaining you ask? Well, A Complaint Free World, sums up the impact of all our frustration and angst on their website:
Complaining spreads negative energy and negative energy cannot create a positive outcome. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t stand before thousands in Washington, DC and shout, “Isn’t it awful how we’re being treated?” No. He shared his dream of a day when all children of all races would play and live together in peace and harmony. His vision galvanized our country and created positive change. For you to affect change, paint a bright vivid picture of the problem already solved and share this with as many people as you can.
The founder of the organization, Will Bowen, is a reverend from Kansas City, who leads success courses for his congregation and has always challenged participants to develop the habit of gratitude by not complaining for 21 days. As a symbol of the program participants would wear purple bracelets and move them from one wrist to the other if they complain before reaching the 21 day mark. So far nearly 6.4 M bracelets have been given out.
This is an awesome challenge and I can totally see the benefits of thinking only in terms of what you want rather than what you don’t want. We are what we think about and positive thoughts attract positive things. I am going to try it myself, although I don’t expect it to be easy at all since I am prone to be critical and impatient just like everyone else. One way or another I will teach myself to not complain and my first challenge will be to see if I can do it for 21 days. Wish me luck!
If you are interested, check it out yourself. A Complaint Free World