According to recent research, complaining actually makes you dumb. So if you know a serial complainer - or if you are one - run away fast!
Recently Inc. Magazine online ran a story by Minda Zetlin entitled "Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain." It's a great read I can highly recommend.
Complaining has its own gravity, it attracts more negativity.
I've found in my own life, complaining is the excuse for inaction. It gives me an armchair quarterback seat to fixing the world's problems by saying how things "should be."
But things won't improve when I'm sitting on a pile of "if only ...'s."
Even worse, being exposed to too much complaining can actually make you dumb. Research shows that exposure to 30 minutes or more of negativity - including such material on TV - actually peels away neurons in the brain's HIPPOCAMPUS. "That's the part of your brain you need for problem solving ... Basically [complaining] turns your brain to mush." ~ Zetlin with a quote from author Trevor Blake.
It is important here to distinguish between complaining and legitimate problem solving, and the distinction is simple. Just ask yourself what action is taken after an issue is raised?
But complaining is like smoking, according to Blake. Wether you are the smoker or the second hand smoker, the long-term results can be the same ... continue reading.