Alexii Lardis, author for the Huffington Post, challenged herself and, for 15 days in August, she ”fasted from complaining” . She stopped yelling at those irritating drivers that seem to have NO common sense, much less common decency, she stopped saying: ”I’m tired”, come 3 o’clock at the office, etc.
I was intrigued….it turned out that, after the fifteen days, she realized something extremely valuable about herself.
Here it is: ”The top five things that occurred when I stopped complaining, both the good and the bad…[excerpt only, read full article here.]
- I realized that I don’t sleep enough. The biggest complaint that I had to bite my tongue on? “I’m tired.”
- I argued less: I’m not exactly one to pick a fight, but I noticed how many stupid arguments I can have in a week….I’m pretty sure we’ve been told since kindergarten, “Think before you speak” but I noted how often I neglect this simplest piece of advice.
- Angst builds up. Here’s the deal: this experience was overall a positive experience for me. It truly made me reflect on my reactions to situations.
- Negativity is a state of mind: When you stop yourself from uttering negative speech, you begin to notice how negative your thought process tends to be.
I prayed more. If I was forced to turn the negative into the positive, I turned to God.
Her conclusion? “People have good days and people have bad days — but the truth is? It’s all about your outlook.” 
A valuable lesson this….and, to quote Epictetus: ”It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” 
- LARDIS, ALEXII. 2015/09/06 What Happened When I Stopped Complaining for Two Weeks on HuffPost [Web:] HuffingtonPost. [Date of Access:] 10 September 2015.
- GOODREADS. n.d. Quotes: Epictetus. [Web:] Goodreads Quotes. [Date of Access: 10 September 2015.