Doesn’t it seem that people gripe about everything these days? How would you like to live in a complaint-free world?
In July 2006 Will Bowen offered a simple idea for people to monitor their success at eradicating complaining from their lives. His idea exploded around the world and nearly 10 million purple Complaint Free bracelets have been sent to people in more than 106 countries.
Bowen has been featured on Oprah, NBC’s The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, The ABC Evening News, Fox News Channel and in hundreds of TV and radio interviews around the world.
Here is an excerpt on the spiritual practice of gratitude.
“If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
— Maya Angelou
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・ ・ ・ DO’S ・ ・ ・
1. First, I’m vegan. I have been for 5 years now and I LOVE IT!! I eat only plant-based foods and this have done wonderful things for my health and wellbeing. As to when I eat, I always eat something light within an hour of waking up to ramp up my metabolism (usually cinnamon toast with peanut butter). Then, 2-3 hours later I’ll eat something more filling like Indian Spiced Tofu (photo attached—this is what I ate this morning for my second meal). Around 1 pm I have a big meal which is usually a sandwich and soup or pasta. In the afternoon I’ll eat a protein bar. Then, maybe something light but most often not.
I came from a family of fat people. My mother struggled with her weight her whole life. When I was 18 I weighed almost 300 pounds. Today, I weigh 198 and I’m in very good shape:)
2. Attaining goals in life is easy:
1. Set goals
2. Get to work achieving
3. Stop stop until you succeed
3. Exercise. My life is active. My lifestyle simply supports that. I meditate for twenty minutes every morning as well as pray and chant. I then do 10 minutes of yoga. I take a 1-hour yoga class 4 days each week and lift weights 2 days each week.
4. Snacks. People should eat 6 times a day at least. This keeps our metabolism up!
5. Sleep is vitally important. Most people are sleep deprived which slows down the metabolism and increases the likelihood of disease. I always shoot for at least 8 hours per night and my average is probably 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 of sleep every night.
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1. Stop complaining. Often we complain about things we can’t control. The weather? Traffic? Waiting in line? Complaining about something that you have no power to change is counterproductive and does not help. You may temporarily feel better after going off about how you have been wronged, shafted, victimized, used, manipulated, disrespected, etc. Despite your initial relief, complaining is like a virus eating away any sort of happiness, responsibility, and purpose in your life. Contrary to popular opinion, blowing off steam is not healthy. In fact, complaining and blowing off steam usually lead to greater unhappiness, negative thinking, and relationship problems. When you complain you will usually get more of what you are complaining about! Complaining by its very nature is an obstacle to you finding solutions to problems. Anytime you are hyper focused on how hard or unfair something or someone is, you’ll have a hard time finding solutions. Have problems with complaining – read Will’s book –
2. Don’t be lazy. My birth certificate says that I’m 55 years old. However, in my mind and in my my heart and in my life, I tell myself that I’m 38. And, actually, I’m in better shape than 90% of men half my age. I stay active because I have a mission. I have a mission to help people change the way they look at their lives and help them stop complaining. I wake up every day ON FIRE for what I get to do. As founder of A Complaint Free World I have a big job and it’s exciting!
3. Avoid stress. Find time for relaxation. Relaxation can be incorporated into our daily schedules. It’s not always easy, but it can be done. I love meditation and yoga.
4. Do not eat late. I try to never eat within 4 hours of going to sleep.