Let’s face it: From time to time, everyone complains about friends, work, how they feel, or even about their children. As it turns out, complaining may not be good for you and could be harming your overall health. A new study, according to Inc., reveals that when you complain, it alters your brain for the worse and has serious health consequences.
The idea is that you get your negative emotions out, and it helps you feel better. There’s only one catch: It only makes you feel worse and more angry than when you started. If that’s not bad enough, it makes the person you vented to feel bad too.
“People don’t break wind in elevators more than they have to. Venting anger is…similar to emotional farting in a closed area. It sounds like a good idea, but it’s dead wrong.”
Psych Pedia noted that complaining not only alters your brain but has severe consequences for your mental health. In fact, in a way, complaining can ultimately kill you. It creates a negative energy around you that impacts your mental and physical health. It can lead to a suppressed immune system and chronic depression.
The research found that the more you complain, the less positivity you see in your life. Eventually, there is no positivity in your life, and you see the world as a very dark place. The more negative thoughts you have, the easier it becomes for you to complain. Instead of complaining about a co-worker you don’t particularly like, the negative thoughts will flow just as easy as positive ones once did.
The old notion that you are who you hang out with is true. If you always complain and vent, you become that person. If you fight the urge to be a negative person, eventually, the positivity will start to rewire your brain, and good things will start happening in your life.
“When we see someone experiencing an emotion (be it anger, sadness, happiness, etc), our brain ‘tries out’ that same emotion to imagine what the other person is going through. And it does this by attempting to fire the same synapses in your own brain so that you can attempt to relate to the emotion you’re observing. This is basically empathy. It is how we get the mob mentality…. It is our shared bliss at music festivals. But it is also your night at the bar with your friends who love love love to constantly complain.”
To live your life in a more positive way, step away from negative friends and embrace those who are positive and uplifting. Positive friends will rewire your brain and program it to live life in a loving way instead of constantly seeing the negative side to everything. It’s all about changing your perspective.
What it all boils down to is stress wreaks havoc on your body, reports Healthline. If you are constantly negative, it causes your brain to have a reaction to your anger. It weakens your immune system, raises your body pressure, and increases your risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. The negativity is definitely not worth the health risk.
The research found that when you release the stress hormone cortisol, it interferes with your learning and memory, lowers your immune system function, and increases the risk for weight gain (especially belly fat). The good news is that in time, the effects can be reversed, and you can rewire your brain to think positive thoughts and banish the negative self-talk.
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