Whining, nagging and complaining are an everyday occurrence anymore.

You cannot log onto the Internet without some kind of complaining or criticism on any topic. People today are exercising their rights to free speech to the extreme. So many peo- ple are sharing their opinions online every day. More often than not, it is not a positive and happy message to share with the world.

Walking down the street, if a random per- son strikes up a conversation, they are most likely not going to talk about how beautiful the buildings are but would comment on how bad the cracks in the sidewalk are and that some-one needs to x them.

People would complain about the things that make them unhappy rather than look on the bright side.

If you log into the Twitter account of an IUPstudent, you would nd a plethora of tweetsabout how terrible the weather has been. Meanwhile, those same students were com- plaining about the heat in August.

Why don’t people have a more optimistic outlook?

Instead of complaining about how cold it is,be happy that there are not bugs ying aroundyou on your walk to class or how after a long day of class you can cuddle up under some warm blankets.

Yes, no one is enjoying freezing on their walk across campus, but why trouble yourself with the negative thoughts about how miser- able you are? Think about how lucky you are to have the opportunity to receive a higher education and how getting a degree is worth a cold walk.

According to research done at Penn State University, constant complaining has negativeeffects on the brain. The brain likes ef ciency,and once a person develops a habit of com- plaining, the trend will continue because that is what the brain is used to doing.

Complaining produces the hormone thatelicits the ght or ight response known as cor- tisol. Extra cortisol being released can severely impact a person’s health.

Retraining your brain is possible.

Every time you nd yourself making a nega- tive comment, stop and make a positive one instead. It is recommended that a person takes time to think about what they’re grateful for and acknowledge the things around them that make them happy. More positive thoughts will create a happier mood.

Taking these steps can reduce cortisol by 23 percent, according to research at the Univer- sity of California, Davis.

Decreasing the amount you complain will have an overall positive impact on your health. Every one complains it when its not neces-

Think about the attitude you’re portraying

to the rest of the world online and in person. Use your voice to empower others, not tear them down, and put out a positive attitude be- cause it will make you and the people around you happier.

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