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How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity

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How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. When you repeat a behaviour, such as complaining, it rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. 

Over time, you find it's easier to be negative than to be positive, regardless of what's hap...

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When you complain, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol. 

Cortisol shifts you into fight-or-flight mode, directing oxygen, blood, and energy away from everything but the systems essential to immediate survival.

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Since human beings are inherently social, our brains naturally and unconsciously mimic the moods of others we are interacting with. 

This process is called neuronal mirroring, and it’s the basis for our ability to feel empathy. 

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  • Have a clear idea about what outcome you want. If you can’t identify a purpose, there’s a good chance you just want to complain for its own sake.
  • Start with something positive such as a compliment.
  • Be specific. Just address the current situation and not every minor annoyance ...

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