As long as you don’t overdo it, complaining is generally socially acceptable. However, Inc. is reporting that science suggests there are serious flaws to the concept of venting. While most people reason that getting your emotions out—by complaining or venting—will make you feel better, in reality, expressing negativity is bad for your mood and the moods of the people you are complaining to.
According to author Steven Parton, "complaining not only alters your brain for the worse but also has serious negative repercussions for your mental health." The way that our brains are wired is to have the same repetitive thoughts over and over again. If you’re constantly thinking negative thoughts, it will become more likely that negative thoughts will come to you naturally. Parton puts it like this: "Being consistently negative starts to push your personality towards the negative."
Surrounding yourself with negative people who complain a lot won’t help. Humans have a natural mob mentality, so if you’re out with a friend who is constantly down in the dumps, you may start to feel and act like a Debbie Downer, too. Complaining also affects your physical health. "When your brain is firing off these episodes of anger, you're weakening your immune system; you're raising your blood pressure, increasing your risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes, and a plethora of other negative ailments," Parton says. Moral of the story: Stop complaining. Like all things negative, it's better to avoid than to indulge.
Learn more about this subject by reading A Complaint Free World.
Do you know someone who is always complaining? Are they a Negative Nancy?