Complaining Is Bad For Your Brain


If you spend a lot of your time complaining, chances are that people will probably not want to spend a lot of time with you. Negative people don’t attract other people, and eventually, you will drive others away if you spend much of your time complaining. In addition to the social implications of being a complainer, you may actually be risking your health as well. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that complaining can affect the way your brain and body works.

Complaining can feel good. In the moment, venting may be gratifying. A habit of complaining can actually cause the neurons in your brain to rewire. Over time, it can also cause damage to areas of the brain responsible for critical thought and problem solving. Expressing negative thoughts will lead to elevated levels of cortisol in your body, affecting everything from oxygen, blood and energy flow in the body

Cortisol can also weaken your immune system, making it more difficult to fight off sickness. You can also face an elevated chance of heart disease, high blood pressure and even stroke. Your body is not made to deal with excessive levels of cortisol for an extended amount of time. Being negative all the time is simply not worth it for many reasons – physically, mentally and emotionally.

Fortunately, you can do something about it if you have a habit of complaining. If you can rewire your brain toward negative thinking, you can do the opposite as well. It will take time and effort, but it is possible change your perspective. It starts with building new, better habits, such as practicing gratitude.

Do you complain too much? Do you see everything from a negative perspective? It may be time to think about how you can build better habits. Not only will you be more pleasant to be around, but you will be taking steps to protect your health as well.

By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC

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