Stop Complaining: It’s Ruining Your Life!

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Have you ever heard of the old adage, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend?” That doesn’t just apply to people you despise. The common dislike for something can easily bond people.

Naturally, for some reason, we think that “venting” is a way to relieve stress. We are wrong.

According to some Stanford University researchers, when you complain, your brain releases stress hormones that damage your neural connections. Specifically, complaining affects your brain’s problem-solving and other cognitive functions.

Constant complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. In other words, the more you complain, the easier it is to be negative than it is to be positive, regardless of what’s happening around you. Complaining becomes your default behavior, which ultimately changes how people perceive you and how you perceive people.

On an even deeper level, complaining physically damages other areas of your brain as well. Research from Stanford University has shown that complaining shrinks the hippocampus—an area of the brain that’s critical to