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Establish ‘no-whining’ zone this month

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Complaining, criticizing and gossiping come so naturally, it’s hard to go an average day in the office without experiencing at least one of them.

Try adding positive energy to your office by being more conscious of the words you choose every day. These two tactics can help:

1. Practice finding the good in your day, each situation and yourself. Everyone tends to gripe without even thinking about it. For example, don’t start a conversation with a grumpy, “Can you believe all this rain?” Begin instead with the tiny daffodils you saw poking out of the ground just this morning. Make yourself see the positive: What do you like about your job? What do you like about your field? What do you like best about yourself? What do you admire in your colleagues?

2. Declare this month a “whine-free” month. Example: Members of one church congregation in Kansas City, Mo., are trying to stop complaining for at least 21 days straight. They wear purple rubber bracelets as reminders. Each time they complain (unnecessarily), they have to move the bracelet to the other wrist. Not complaining is harder than it sounds; only 18 of the 250 congregants have hit the goal so far.

If all else fails, remember this quote by Maya Angelou: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

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