Our mayor has declared today as Complaint Free Day for the city (seriously).  Even if you don’t live here, I think you should take on the challenge of going the entire day without lamenting about anything.  

No yelling at the person who almost cut you off.  Being nice to the person in the Express Lane with a basket full of groceries.  Accepting whatever Mother Nature delivers for the weather.  Smiling at yourself in the mirror.  Working cheerfully side-by-side with that colleague who drives you nuts.  Taking what the puppies destroy in stride.

I think that being complaint free will be harder than it seems.  It is part of our nature to focus on what isn’t working, rather than what is.  But for today, give it a try.  Take on the individual challenge of seeing the positive side of life.

If you make it 21 days without complaining, you can even receive a Certificate of Happiness at http://www.AComplaintFreeWorld.org

Here’s to the glass being half full.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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