I am reading a book that is entitled, “Be Grateful or Lose Your Mind” with the sub-title being, “How Complaining Destroys Your Brain Neurons”. It is a very interesting read, and substantiates the Bible where in Philippians 2:14 it says, “Do all things without grumbling or complaining”, and Philippians 4:4 that says “rejoice always, again I say, rejoice”, and James 1:2-4, “Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials”.
In his book “Emotional Intelligence” Travis Bradbury estimates from surveys that the average person complains once every 60 seconds, and the more we do it the easier it gets, and the more we complain the more those around us will complain. Grumbling becomes a way of life and a culture. Research from Stanford University has shown that complaining actually shrinks the area of the brain that is critical to problem solving and intelligent thought. It is called our hippocampus. Complaining also causes the release of excess cortisol which results in high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and makes us more vulnerable to strokes.
As parents when our 8 kids were little and growing up one of our goals was to teach them to not grumble or complain about anything, and to be positive about trials and problems that came into their life. One of our parenting tools was camping because anything that could go wrong, did go wrong while we were camping, and then we could teach our kids how to deal with it without whining or fussing.
Every morning I pray a prayer of commitment declaring Jesus as Lord of my life and declaring to Him what I will do and won’t do that day, and then asking for His help so that I can keep the commitments. One of the commitments I make is “today I will not grumble, gripe, complain, or fuss about anything, but I will rejoice about everything because I am saved and going to heaven and nothing else really matters in light of that.”