I recently came across an article online about complaining. Being the leader of a communication school, and knowing what sort of opinion that God has about complaining, I was interested.
The article was written by Travis Bradberry, co-author of a book called Emotional Intelligence 2.0.
The article talks about the effect that complaining has on our physical bodies, our brains, and those around us.
Below are a couple of short snippets from the article:
“Repeated complaining 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 happening around you. Complaining becomes your default behavior, which changes how people perceive you.”
“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 that are essential to immediate survival….All the extra cortisol released by frequent complaining impairs your immune system and makes you more susceptible to high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. It even makes the brain more vulnerable to strokes.”
The link to the whole article is here How Complaining Rewires our Brain
Repeatedly in the Bible, we read admonitions against complaining and grumbling. When we do, I think we speak out the unfaithfulness of God. It leads to unbelief and criticalness against the Lord.
The article makes some interesting connections between complaining and our own personal well-being.
I strongly encourage you to read it!