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Devin C. Hughes
9mo San Diego, CA, United States Story
How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity

Negativity and Complaining Lead to Anxiety-Producing Physiological Changes

It is a scientifically proven fact that being a Debbie Downer can actually set you up for a vicious circle of negativity and anxiety. Why?

It’s been found that people that incessantly complain are actually rerouting neural pathways in the brain, making it harder and harder to be satisfied with anything (which then leads to greater anxiety and stress). Luckily, there are ways to prevent and even reverse this phenomenon if you find yourself regularly kvetching.

So the next time you find yourself getting ready to complain, try mindfully pulling yourself back to the positive side. A great way to do this is to practice gratitude. It costs nothing, can be done anywhere and is the best kind of contagious!

Give it a try if you’re feeling less-than-happy with a situation… your brain will thank you!

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