Apparently, not complaining would be a lot of work

Apparently, not complaining would be a lot of work

[Ed. – Waste of perfectly good baseball-watching time.]

The good news is this: There can be middle ground between going cold turkey and being a Negative Nancy. If you’re serious about complaining less, here are some realistic tips for success.

1.  START BY DEFINING WHAT A COMPLAINT IS

[This isn’t starting out well. – Ed.]

If you point out that it’s cold outside, is that a complaint? “No, that’s an observation,” Blake explains. “A complaint is, ‘It’s cold outside and I hate living in this place.’” Shapiro says she defines a complaint by the way it makes her feel: “I feel myself slouching and not breathing.”

2.  TRACK HOW OFTEN YOU COMPLAIN AND WHAT ABOUT

[Getting worse. – Ed.]

Change starts with awareness. “You’re absolutely shocked,” says Blake. “After two or three hours of observing, it’s in the hundreds.”

3.  SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM CHRONIC COMPLAINERS

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