Complaining can be your best friend or your worst enemy. A complaint is like a first step. It's a relieving exercise. It allows you to think out loud and to get others involved. The next step is resolution.
But what happens when it's all complaints and no action? What happens when it's all negativity?
The brain is a complex organ. One so complex we don't even fully understand how it works. It's always learning, regenerating, and creating new pathways, new lines of thought, new realities. When your reality is negative, your brain builds up negative pathways, altering the structure of your brain.
s"Synapses that fire together wire together," says Steven Parton, a computer scientist and philosopher who has studied the relationship between complaining and brain structure. Essentially, negativity breeds more of the same.
"The principle is simple: Throughout your brain there is a collection of synapses separated by empty space called the synaptic cleft. Whenever you have a thought, one synapse shoots a chemical across the cleft to another synapse, thus building a bridge over which an electric signal can cross, carrying along its charge the relevant information you're thinking about.
…Every time this electrical charge is triggered, the synapses grow closer together in order to decrease the distance the electrical charge has to cross…. The brain is rewiring its own circuitry, physically changing itself, to make it easier and more likely that the proper synapses will share the chemical link and thus spark together–in essence, making it easier for the thought to trigger."
So with that in mind, keep your thoughts happy and happiness will be easier to come by!
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