How to be Happy this Year and the next - 21-Day Complaint Free Challenge is On!

by Lorna Golombick | Dec 31, 2013

"Nothing new can come into your life unless you are grateful for what you already have"

As we approach New Year’s Eve, most of us will be thinking of the year that has been and what is yet to come.  Despite advice to “live in the moment” Old Year’s Day is definitely the time when we find ourselves contemplating how we could have done things better and resolve to change the things we were not happy with in the New Year.

The picture above is doing the rounds on Facebook and it is a fantastic idea – we are all prone to ruminating over the bad things that have happened to us during a year – what if the end of next year was different?  It can be – by practicing Gratitude Daily and filling up not just a jar with positive experiences, but your whole life! (see an earlier blog on 7 steps to Practicing Gratitude Daily). 

A great challenge to start the New Year is the 21-Day Complaint Free World Challenge – which in reality could take the whole year to complete, depending on your habit of complaining!

So what does it involve?  You will need a bracelet of any sort – silicone or otherwise, a positive attitude, a willingness to change, a sense of humour and determination to stop killing gratitude with your complaining!

The challenge is to go 21 consecutive days without complaining.  You begin by putting your bracelet on either wrist.  When you catch yourself complaining – which you will, because we all do (!) - move the bracelet to the opposite wrist and start your 21-day count all over again.  Be aware that gossiping is also a form of complaining as if you are talking ABOUT someone instead of TO them about a problem you are experiencing with their actions or behaviour. 

 “Complaining is not to be confused with informing someone of a mistake or deficiency so that it can be put right. And to refrain from complaining doesn't necessarily mean putting up with bad quality of behavior. There is no ego in telling the waiter your soup is cold and needs to be heated up – if you stick to the facts, which are always neutral. „How dare you serve me cold soup? . . . That's complaining.” – Eckhart Tolle

The average person takes four to eight months to go 21 consecutive days, so DON’T give up! This really is a worthwhile project that we ALL can take on for 2014 and with it you will be changing your life AND the lives of those around you.  What an amazing goal to shoot for in 2014 – join us in the challenge and let us know your stories of success – HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!

For more info on this fantastic concept, or to order an official complaint free world bracelet (they take a while to arrive so you may need to use a temporary one while you wait!) visit



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