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How Complaining Hurts Our Brain and What We Can Do About It (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 320)

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“Acceptance means no complaining, and happiness means no complaining about the things over which you can do nothing.”
— Wayne Dyer

When things don’t go as we plan, we all have the natural tendency to gripe and complain. For many people, it is a way to let people know how we feel. And for others, it is a way of venting with the expectation of getting a thing or two off of our chest. Really it is a way that contributes to normal functioning at times.

While there are certainly times when we can and should bring up matters of importance or issues that need to be address, complaining unnecessarily in thought, action, or conversation can have immensely negative effects on our brain functioning. Negativity can spread just as quickly and impactfully as positivity can. And it affects our brains more than we think. Read more…

3 Whole Ways We Sabotage Ourselves (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 171)

3 Whole Ways We Sabotage Ourselves

“Don’t complain; just work harder.”
— Randy Pausch

Pride will trip you up. Whining will make people hate you. Worrying will kill you. Yet we do these things anyway and somehow expect everything we ever wanted to just happen. If you took just an ounce of the energy and effort you put into worrying and complaining and applied it to fixing a problem, you’d be so much happier and achieve so much more. And arrogance too is a strategy of self-sabotage. The effort to be first, on the top, or big makes you last, at the bottom, and small. Read more…

Stop Avoiding Failure (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 92)

Stop Avoiding Failure

(30 Things To Stop Spending Time On If You Want to Be Successful #1)

“The phoenix must burn to emerge.”
— Janet Fitch

Failure happens. It happens to all of us, even the best of us. The thought of not achieving one’s desired goals is a scary fact of life. It is an idea that we could well do without. But in embracing the opportunity and freedom to succeed in life, the opportunity and freedom to fail is also willfully available. Many people avoid failure to the neglect of the possibility that they could succeed. Sometimes, success is found after many failed attempts at doing something. Take for example Thomas Edison, an American inventor, who said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Other times, success simply depends on how you view failure. You can light another candle after the storm comes and knocks the first one out, or you can sit in darkness. It’s all about your perspective. Read more…

Stop Avoiding Failure (30 Things To Stop Spending Time On If You Want to Be Successful #1)

Stop Avoiding Failure

Failure happens. It happens to all of us, even the best of us. The thought of not achieving one’s desired goals is a scary fact of life. It is an idea that we could well do without. But in embracing the opportunity and freedom to succeed in life, the opportunity and freedom to fail is also willfully available. Many people avoid failure to the neglect of the possibility that they could succeed. Sometimes, success is found after many failed attempts at doing something. Take for example Thomas Edison, an American inventor, who said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Other times, success simply depends on how you view failure. You can light another candle after the storm comes and knocks the first one out, or you can sit in darkness. It’s all about your perspective. Read more…

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