There is a famous Eleanor Roosevelt quote that says, “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” My mom had this quote on her refrigerator. And it’s true. When you’re gossiping about others, that is not the best use of your brain.
Complaining can be an easy way to bond with people and venting your feelings can be healthy. Think about the things we complain about all the time: the weather, the traffic. But it turns out it’s not good for you – scientific studies have shown that complaining or being around other people who complain can damage your brain. It’s true!
Today on the show I’m talking about these studies, defining complaining, and why it might be worth examining your habits and trying to avoid complaining or spending time with complainers.
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“Scientific studies have proven that chronic complaining or being subjected to those who chronically complain lowers your problem-solving capabilities.” – Terri Cole
- How complaining damages your brain
- The same goes for listening to others complain
- What is a complaint
- Why you should conduct a survey about your habits
- When do you complain the most?
- Complaining can come from your blueprint
- How complaining can help bond people
- Why I avoid chronic complainers
“A complaint is when you’re assigning a negative value to an experience.” – Terri Cole
“If you’re a big complainer, what do you have to lose?” – Terri Cole