The definition of the word “complain” and relative forms (complaining, complainable, complainer, etc.) according to dictionary.com is: “to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief…to find fault.”
The uncomfortable truth is that the majority of us find some “justifiable” reason to complain. Whether or not the situation is warranted or not is irrelevant. Complaining is an attribute associated with weak character, period. A painful truth? Yes, it is… but it doesn’t make it any less of a fact. Why? Because complaining all too often results in an outcome for which we gain nothing. To make it worse, the act of complaining is usually over something for which we can’t control.
This writer, along with 99.99% of all human beings to have ever existed is guilty of complaining at one time or another. Why? Because it’s human nature.
Humans don’t like discomfort in any way, shape or form. Unfortunately, one of the most common ways to express our discomfort is by voicing our discomfort to anyone who is willing (or, in many cases, unwilling) to listen.
>’s the root of the problem: complaining achieves absolutely nothing. It’s a worthless behavior with a zero-sum outcome. Nothing is gained, but much can be lost. We’re going to (with our best effort) describe some alternatives to this natural predisposition.
> are ways to stop complaining:
DON’T LET OTHER PEOPLE INFLUENCE YOUR MOOD.
This one is easy to explain, but difficult to practice. It’s incredibly easy to allow others to alter your positive state of mind. Whether it’s your acquaintances, coworkers, and yes, even your friends and family, permitting an individual or group to adversely affect your mindset is a personal liability. Don’t allow it to happen.
WHEN A SITUATION IS LESS THAN IDEAL, TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND LOOK FOR A SOLUTION.
It’s human nature to impulsively react to a bad situation. This is when the conscious decision to inhale deeply can benefit. Deep breathing automatically sets your mind and body at ease; permitting you to make rational decisions to help resolve any situation.
REMEMBER THAT SOMETIMES BEING KIND IS BETTER THAN BEING RIGHT.
When conflict arises, it’s often our inner-pride that encourages us to “be in the right.” However, when attempting to amicably resolve an unideal scenario, sometimes it benefits ourselves and others to do so with a positive attitude.
FIT SOME TYPE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO YOUR DAY.
Exercise is one of those activities that has been proven to reap both mental and physical rewards. As it pertains to the topic at hand, exercise is undoubtedly the most advantageous action one can take to balance their state of mind. This includes the mental fortitude often required to resist the temptation to complain.
BE KIND, LOVING, UNDERSTANDING AND PATIENT WITH YOURSELF. YOU’RE DOING THE BEST YOU CAN.
Self-compassion is key to avoiding self-criticism. Too often, we discipline ourselves far too harshly; whether this . involves complaining about oneself or others. Be compassionate with yourself and with others.
.: Power of Positivity
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