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A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the… (original 2007; udgave 2007)

af Will Bowen

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Pastor Will Bowen of Christ Church Unity, Kansas City, Mo., challenged his congregation to help him make the world a complaint-free place by wearing a purple bracelet for 21 days, switching it from one wrist to the other each time they complained about something. The goal: to keep it on the same wrist for as many days as possible. Now, he shares that philosophy with listeners in the hope that it will change their life as it has thousands of others.… (mere)
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Titel:A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted
Forfattere:Will Bowen
Info:Doubleday (2007), Hardcover, 192 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:positive thinking

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A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted af Will Bowen (2007)

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EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS AND JUST STOP WHINING. ( )
  jeffhex | Apr 14, 2020 |
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  cmargaritis | Dec 30, 2014 |
This is an excellent book. It tells us that if we stop our constant complaining, which practically all of us are guilty of, our lives will improve dramatically.

We work on eradicating our complaining by obtaining purple bracelets from www.AComplaintFreeWorld.org and putting one on one of our wrists. Each time we catch ourselves complaining, criticising or gossiping, we move the bracelet to the other wrist. The aim is to go 21 days without a single complaint. Nearly all of us take many months to achieve our goal, and generally wear out several purple bracelets in the process, what with all the switching back and forth from one wrist to the other.

We are informed in the book that the bracelets are free, but in fact they now cost 10 dollars for 10 bracelets. (That was not a complaint – I find this very reasonable.) Will Bowen’s web site now ships millions of bracelets all over the world. Will has started a challenge that is part of our global spiritual development in these amazing times, and his idea is rapidly transforming world consciousness.

Will is extremely honest in revealing his former shortcomings, namely his tendency to complain, criticize and gossip, which he first discovers when he accepts his own challenge. Apparently, we always notice our friends’ complaints but not our own – not until we begin to move our bracelet with each complaint.

This is a wonderful, absolutely inspiring, easy-to-read, edifying and entertaining book.

We are shown that as we try to curb our negative utterances, this eventually has the effect that our mind simply stops thinking these complaining, critical thoughts, and thus we automatically become a much more positive person. When this happens, we become happier and our lives start to improve – good things start to happen!

The book is filled with captivating anecdotes about people’s experiences and insights on their journey towards a complaint-free life, including Will’s own stories.
Please note that you are permitted to share your feelings about something that has happened, though negative, just not “rehash” the events of what has happened. Also if we need to get something fixed by some authority, for example, we are allowed to state our grievances so that they can be remedied.

Will tells us that when we complain, we are saying “Something is wrong”. Our bodies respond to our complaints with stress. Also, what we focus on persists. So when we complain we ensure that the things about which we are complaining keep on occurring.

The book ends with accounts by various persons who have successfully completed the 21-day challenge. They recount how wonderfully their lives have been transformed.

When we have completed the 21 days successfully, we can write to Will’s web site and request that he send us a Certificate of Happiness.

I found this little book to be wonderfully encouraging. I have ordered my bracelets and am awaiting their arrival. I have begun to notice how much I complain and criticize and hope to annihilate this complaining and criticism, though it may be a little difficult for a reviewer! ( )
  IonaS | Jan 20, 2014 |
Bowen’s premise is simple: You will personally be happier and will make other people happier, too, if you stop complaining, criticizing others, and gossiping. Complaining, he says, makes up a surprising amount of our regular conversation, and most of it serves only to make us feel worse. By ceasing to complain about headaches, for instance, some people find that they stop having them altogether.

But not complaining is hard. Bowen suggests that people wear a special purple bracelet (they can also use a stone in one pocket, a rubber band, etc.) and switch to the other wrist (or pocket) every time they catch themselves complaining. Your goal is to reach 21 straight days without moving your bracelet once. There may be a few occasions when complaining is warranted, but these should be extremely, extremely rare. Sending back cold soup at a restaurant is fine, as long as you don’t insult the waiter over it.

I’m quite taken with the premise and plan to try it. I would have been happier with the book if it had given more constructive advice about what constitutes a complaining, etc.—as it is, most of the book is things like anecdotes about the power of positive thinking designed to convince you to begin the challenge and to keep going. ( )
  jholcomb | Oct 22, 2013 |
A paragraph or one-page handout would cover the content of this book. Wear an elastic on one arm and switch it to the other every time you complain, vent, gossip or otherwise voice unwarranted negative comments. You will become aware of the amount of time that you spend voicing negative thoughts and once you can control these so you have not done this for 21 days you will be on the road to a more positive life. ( )
  CarterPJ | Jan 7, 2012 |
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Pastor Will Bowen of Christ Church Unity, Kansas City, Mo., challenged his congregation to help him make the world a complaint-free place by wearing a purple bracelet for 21 days, switching it from one wrist to the other each time they complained about something. The goal: to keep it on the same wrist for as many days as possible. Now, he shares that philosophy with listeners in the hope that it will change their life as it has thousands of others.

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