Complain Less, and You’ll Be Happier

Complain Less, and You’ll Be Happier

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing.”

Phil. 2:14

I love to see scientific studies back up Bible verses. While I’m not surprised, I just think it’s fun to watch science catch up.

Just today, I read an article on how complaining and negativity rewires your brain for anxiety and depression.

Most of us have experienced this cycle. When we focus on our problems, we can start to see everything in life with a negative slant.

One psychologist explains that bodies release the hormone cortisol when we’re constantly exposed to stress — which includes negativity. High cortisol levels can cause a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, high blood pressure and more.

So what can we do to combat negativity?

Here’s where the research gets even more fun.

The Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkley, not exactly known for its Christian teaching, recommends compassion, forgiveness and gratitude as keys to well-being.

Hmmm … I think we’ve heard this somewhere before.

Oh yeah — the Bible!

Colossians 3:12 tells us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Ephesians 5:20 says to give thanks.

Matthew 6:15 tells us to forgive.

And we can’t forget Philippians 4:8. Think about what’s true, good and right.

Amazing. Those instructions have been around for centuries.

Scientists won’t always confirm scripture — at least right now.

Thankfully, we don’t have to wait for science to catch up. Study your Bible now, so you can know these “secrets” to living a better life.

What can you be thankful about today?


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