We can all be a little negative sometimes. It comes with being human, but if you are a chronic complainer, you are hurting your brain. This is because the way you react to the experiences in your life directly affects how your brain wires itself.

Your Everyday Brain

Neurons, which are the cells in your nervous system, can communicate with one another. When you have different experiences, such as learning something new, your neurons fire and talk. They create connections within your brain, and that’s how your brain grows.

When you think negative thoughts or complain, your brain goes into a downward spiral that’s difficult to escape.

Your Brain On Negativity

Complaining leads the brain to form a negative base of feelings and thoughts. It taints everything you experience from then on, so you’re looking at everything through a negative lens.

We’re not talking about the occasional complainer here. This is the person who complains all the time because they’re firing and re-firing the negative neurons they’ve built into their brains, and reinforcing their negativity. Yikes!

Stop The Madness

So, how do negative people and those who continuously complain pull out of their nosedive and re-wire their brains? Be positive! You don’t have to be a PollyAnna, but make a conscious effort to find the silver lining in every situation. Instead of complaining about what you don’t have, think about what you do have.

Just like the negative thought neurons fire and wire your brain in a negative way, so too will the positive ones. You can re-train your mind and create a positive lens. Maybe not quickly, but you can do it. All you have to do is look at the bright side, and keep your complaining to a minimum.