On the Bright Side: Turn your complaints into compliments

This may come as a shock to some, but no one is perfect. 

Everyone has flaws, and some are more bothersome than others. Some flaws are able to be fixed, while others are just part of who we are. One thing I think everyone could work on (including myself) is complaining. I don’t think there is anything more draining than being around people who complain all the time or always have something negative to say about something.

There is no real benefit of complaining except, getting something from in your brain, out your mouth, and into the ears of those around you. 

Whether you are talking trash about someone else or complaining about that one teacher you always whine about, everyone complains at some point. 

This week I would like to challenge everyone to create a positive environment around them and try to complain less. I know this sounds pretty stupid, but think about how often you complain in a day. 

Now cut that in half, and with one half turn those into compliments or positive aspects of your day.

One of the best ways to start doing this is thought-stopping. This last week I tried my best to implement this within my own life. I decided that every time I was about to say something negative (even if it was in a text) I would stop my thought and change it to something positive. For example, I stopped myself from self deprecating and said that I was able to complete a huge project I’ve been working on for weeks. 

Now that may seem stupid, but the fact that I was able to turn a negative topic into a positive one was a huge step in the right direction. 

We all see so many people throughout the day, but even if we exchange one of our negative comments within every interaction with a positive one, image what could happen once you are able to do this more frequently.  

I am not encouraging you to bottle everything up. But there is a huge difference between complaining just because you can and asking friends for advice with trials you are facing. 

I challenge you to try and be a positive ray in the lives of the people around you. You might be surprised with how contagious it is, especially with how stressed everyone is and all the random things people have to go through in life. Try your best to not complain around others. 

Of course a few complaints here and there are bound to happen, but try to be more thoughtful with your words. Hopefully this helps bring a positive light into your life and the life of those around you!

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