If you have ever been a parent or had a job, then you have probably complained or fell victim to someone else complaining. Heck, if you ever check Facebook you have read complaints from people who broadcast their complaints because apparently they haven’t complained enough.
There is no doubt I have complained before and maybe even across social media (sorry if I wasted your time). The problem with complaining is it rarely accomplishes anything. It actually just wastes your time….time you’ll never get back. Time you could spend with your children, spouse, or working on things more meaningful.
I understand life sucks sometimes, but rarely does complaining help. I spent over a year complaining about my life and nothing got better until I stopped! I assume the same would be true for most people.
You can complain until your hearts content, but instead of complaining try to turn those complaints into something positive. Here are 37 alternatives to complaining.
1) Make a list of the good things in your life
2) Read an uplifting book
3) Reach out to someone on Facebook and tell them you appreciate them (not your spouse b/c you can walk up stairs to tell them). Liking someone’s post makes that person feel better and in turn will make you feel better – there is actually proof behind it in this article on Psychology Today.
4) Write down 15 solutions to your complaint
5) Quickly do 25 push up (5 if you haven’t done push ups in a while)
6) Meditate for a few minutes
7) Watch a comedian on You Tube
8) Put a rubber band on your wrist and snap it every time you complain
9) Write down five things you have accomplished lately
10) Do what they do in Frozen and “Let It Go”
12) Call someone and tell them how much you appreciate them
13) Drink a cup of coffee or tea or lemonade…something fun
14) Take a cat nap
15) Pet a cat (it always makes me feel better)
16) You Tube babies giggling
17) Read the obituaries…then you’ll know it could always be worse
18) Look up houses for sale that you dream of
19) Write down 10 ideas that could make you an extra $1,000 a month
20) Play a game with your kids
21) Turn up the music really loud in your car and sing along
22) Scream as loud as you can in frustration (if you’re by yourself) or into a pillow
23) Schedule yourself a massage
24) Go for a walk
26) Smile and say hello to the next stranger you see
27) Clean up
29) Fake it till you make it
30) Focus on the positives in the World
31) Watch a great movie by yourself
32) Plan a dinner with some great friends
34) Go to a carnival or county fair
35) Plan an experience (a trip, concert, or sporting event)
37) Take a selfie of yourself smiling