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The Need for Praise (or How to Stop Complaining and Love Your Life)

I wrote about a vow to stop complaining last week and it’s interesting how much it’s made me mindful of my speech. I found myself projecting negativity when I really didn’t need to and definitely didn’t want to. Yuck! I’m working on it.

After a day or so of watching my mouth, I learned that, if you’re used to complaining, you need to find something else to fill that space. Silence won’t do. That just causes a traffic jam of complaints to get logged in your head. The best thing to do is the exact opposite of negative talk — praise.


I don’t mean in a Holy Ghost kind of way, although you can do that too if you want. I mean, speak well of things. If it’s beautiful weather, say it is. If your spouse does something to help you, tell them how much you appreciate that. If you can find even a glimmer of good in your day, magnify it.

I’m not suggesting that you walk around with a plastic smile sugar-coating everything. Positivity only works when it’s authentic. This is a shift in perspective and focus. Turn your attention to the things that are going well. Notice chivalry, kindness, compassion, strength and joy in others. When you open your eyes to the things that bring happiness, you will begin to see them everywhere and they deserve your acknowledgement.


So replace your grumbling with gratitude. Despite how dark it may feel, speak to the light and watch your world get brighter and brighter.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Audrey

    Thanks for the reminder!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment KJones

    Thank you for the post. Giving praise and genuinely speaking life into situations has made a difference in my life. Yes, I still endure aches and pains in life, but I’m trying to bridle my tongue, use the right word for the right thing, and maintain a good attitude.

    There is a song by Donald Lawrence & Co. called “The Law of Confession” that resonated with me. Although the focus is on the power of speaking God’s word, it caused me to re-evaluate the entire nature of my speech.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Thajones

    I had the roughest weekend with cancelled flights and delays, long waits, gate reassignments, tornados nearby…but despite it, when I started my car and Walter Hawkins “Thank You” came on right off the bat, none of the trials mattered, I was happy that I made it to my destination, saw my family, and made it back in one piece safely. I know I must have freaked the parking lot attendant with how excited and “bubbly” I was, singing the song as I paid the exorbitant parking fee. Life isn’t always easy but it could always be worse!

  • Robin

    An interesting point to note here is that positivity occurs naturally when you are present in the moment to the point that the mind is quiet. I spent a long time attempting to convert negative thoughts into positive ones and it can cause anxiety which is a breeding ground for negativity. I would recommend learning to impartially observe as much as possible and watch what happens as the negative charge is gently removed from your thinking.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lisa

    Beautiful; thanks for sharing!

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