The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A Complaint Free World

How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted

Will Bowen, a clergyman in Missouri, decided to do something about all the complaining he heard in his parish. So he passed out purple plastic bracelets and told the congregation to start saying positive things instead of whining about everything. They were given three weeks to break the complaining habit. Every time they complained, criticized or gossiped, they were to move the bracelet to the other wrist.

book coverIn this paperback, Bowen discusses this creative and ethical project that has resulted in nearly 6 million people in more than 80 countries requesting a bracelet and taking up his challenge. The average person complains 20 times each day, and this negativity has a dire effect on health, relationships, career and level of happiness. Paul in Philippians 2:14 says, “Do everything without complaining,” and that is very good advice. Those who strive to live in a complaint-free world have more time to notice and celebrate what they are grateful for (Three Rivers Press).


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