A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted

A Complaint Free World How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted In your hands you hold the secret to transforming your life Big words Yes but this is a plan that has already proven itself with millions of people around the world Pastor Will Bowen developed the l

  • Title: A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted
  • Author: Will Bowen
  • ISBN: 9780385524582
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In your hands, you hold the secret to transforming your life Big words Yes, but this is a plan that has already proven itself with millions of people around the world Pastor Will Bowen developed the life changing A Complaint Free World plan based on the simple idea that good things will happen for you in abundance if you can just leave your grumbling behind In a SundayIn your hands, you hold the secret to transforming your life Big words Yes, but this is a plan that has already proven itself with millions of people around the world Pastor Will Bowen developed the life changing A Complaint Free World plan based on the simple idea that good things will happen for you in abundance if you can just leave your grumbling behind In a Sunday morning sermon, Will told his congregation he wanted to make the world a complaint free zone and, to prove he was serious, he passed out purple bracelets to each church member and offered them a challenge If you catch yourself complaining, take the bracelet and move it to the other wrist Now, less than a year later, than six million people have taken up the challenge, trying to go twenty one consecutive days without complaining, criticizing, or gossiping, and in so doing, forming a new, positive habit By changing your words, you can change your thoughts and then begin to create your life by design People have shared stories with Will of chronic pain relieved, relationships healed, careers improved, and becoming an overall happier person Less pain, improved health, satisfying relationships, a better job, being serene and joyous sound good It s not only possible, it s probable Consciously striving to reformat your mental hard drive is not easy, but you can start now by using the steps Bowen presents here In this book, you can learn what constitutes a complaint, why we complain, what benefits we think we receive from complaining, how complaining is destructive to our lives, and how we can get others around us to stop complaining You will learn the steps to eradicating this poisonous form of expression from your life If you stay with it, you will find that not only will you not complain, but others around you will cease to do so as well In a short period of time, you can have the life you ve always dreamed of having.

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    • Will Bowen

      Will Bowen is an author and speaker who has been featured on in Oprah, NBC s Today Show, ABC s World News Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, O, Self, Chicken Soup for the Soul and in hundreds of media stories around the world.His first two books, A Complaint Free World now expanded and updated and Complaint Free Relationships are international best sellers having sold than 2 million copies around the world.A Complaint Free World, the non profit organization Will founded, has sent than 10 million Complaint Free bracelets to 106 countries.Bowen speaks to organizations helping them shift their focus from negative complaining and fault finding to positive problem solving leading to happier employees and even happier customers Clients include The Million Dollar Roundtable s Top of the Table Volvo Motor Company PriceWaterhouseCoopers The Human Resource Professionals Association HRPA Pratt Whitney Kimberly ClarkBowen s newest book, Happy This Year demonstrates the power we have in setting and achieving higher levels of happiness regardless of what life may bring The book is being packaged with a free Smartphone app allowing the reader to set a happiness level goal and measure his or her progress toward that goal.The app is called HappyStat and is available for Iphone, Android and Kindle at HappyThisYear.Web sites HappyThisYearAComplaintFreeWorldWillBowen

    591 thoughts on “A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted

    • Read this book if you want to live complaint free. The effects are: enjoying positive feelings, having more energy and having gratitude in life. Even if you read just the first chapters, it might change how your days are.

    • This book commences with a quote from Maya Angelou, where she states: ”If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain" (page 1). I find it so inspirational and uplifting for a woman who faced abused as a child, and literally lost her voice for years, to make such a powerful statement. Randy Pausch also lectured to not complain, as he brought up the example of how Jackie Robinson had it in his contract not to complain if people spit on [...]

    • I loved this book -- thanks Suzanne! The premise of this book is that our thoughts determine the quality of our lives, our words reflect what we are thinking. By controlling our words and avoiding complaints, criticism, or gossip we improve the quality of our lives. The challenge is to go 21 consecutive days without complaining, criticizing, or gossiping. The book came with a purple plastic bracelet that you wear and change wrists every time you catch yourself saying something negative. It's an [...]

    • I should probably mention up front that I read this book while I was waiting for something, not because I was interested in the subject. Overall, it was a decent book and held my attention from cover to cover. However, I am pretty sure that if you take this book's advice, you will either become a doormat or everyone will think you've taken a vow of silence. The idea is to take the challenge to stop complaining out loud for 21 days (at which point it will supposedly become a habit) but almost hal [...]

    • I couldn't put this book down, read it straight through for an average of 3-4 hours. Put it down only to write a few quotes down etc. Couldn't help but wonder out of curiosity how Mr. Bowen would write an entire book on the topic of 'stop complaining.' I was delightfully entertained with a few stories and the whole idea of wearing a wrist band as a reminder to stop complaining, intrigues me. I've ordered my own purple wrist band to give it a shot. I, too, need improvement in this area. We all co [...]

    • I love a good challenge and this book is proving to be just that! The whole idea is to go 21 days without complaining, criticizing, or gossiping and you wear a bracelet as a reminder that you switch back and forth between wrists when you slip and do one of the mentioned. Eek, can it really be that hard?! Let's just say I've yet to make it through a day, but I'm close :) (ave. results are 8-9 months for 21 days). Anyway, all of that aside the author is a minister in Missouri and draws upon a lot [...]

    • This is an amazing bookon many levels. Its simple and repetitive but then again so is life; well at least the repetitive part. This was one of those 'I am not the sam person and don't look at life/things/people the same way after reading it. I experience things and "think" about them differently a good way! I recommend this to anyone who feels that they are ready to be awareof.well, the title would suggest complaining but it does somehow bring to light so many other 'disorders' and 'disillusions [...]

    • I picked up this book because I love the idea (and unfortunately I'm a complainer - but is that me complaining about being a complainer? I guess I should switch my wristband again!).I thought the book was super-easy/quick to read and I am trying to follow it (1 week without a complaint free day so far - it looks like I'm on track for the average 4-8 months to go 21 days without complaining). I do think it's a great concept and I'm going to stick with it.Outside of that, many of the ideas written [...]

    • We reviewed this at our book club in September. It is amazing to understand how many times we complain about things, and a wonderful opportunity to stop! Your life will be much sweeter when you learn to stop complaining about everything!! Try it!

    • Like many another book before it, this book falls into the self-help category. But while a lot of self-help books are narrowly focused on just that—the self—this is one of the inspiring few that derives its power from a vision of a better world that is created as one individual at a time chooses a better way. Rather than focusing on neuroses, phobias, anxieties, etc this book instead focuses on what life would look like if we made one simple (but not easy!) change: speak about the things we [...]

    • I have just started reading this. I am still using a rubber band and not the snazzy purple bracelet, although I have ordered one. It is pretty amazing the number of times a day that I complain, criticize or gossip. I am wearing out rubber bands like crazy. But I am still a beginner. All will be well and all will be well and all will be well.

    • I don't think I'll ever go as far as wearing a purple bracelet on my wrist and attempting a full 21 days without complaining. But it does make you more aware of how much you complain, and starts your mind reframing things. It has already made me a more positive/aware person. Quick read, too.

    • Bowen's "A Complaint Free World" was very interesting. I had an extra silicon wristband that I put on my wrist and started moving to keep track of my own complaining. It was eye-opening.Bowen's main point is that complaining doesn't help you get through any trials in your life, and he holds to the idea that complaining actually attracts and brings more sorrow and suffering into your life. Instead of complaining, Bowen suggests keeping trials and obstructions in context. Are the things you compla [...]

    • This book is part advice and part challenge. The premise is very similar to The Secret and similar books that advise you to think positively. There's really a lot of evidence that you attract what you focus on and so if you can redirect your focus away from negative to positive, you will attract positive energy. I think that there is a lot of truth to that, but does not take into account some of the tragedies that befall people. I think that this author would say that even then reframing those t [...]

    • A good reminder why I'm doing the 21 day complaint free challenge. And I'm back to day one again. I have purchased the app to see how often I actually complain each day!

    • I just finished A Complaint-Free World by Will Bowen. It was written as a result of a sermon Bowen gave to his congregation. He wanted to give out something they could take home to remember his words by and decided on a wristbands, similar to ones worn to support Lance Armstrong. Bowens wristbands are purple with the words 'A Complaint-Free World' on them. What started out as a sermon to one congregation soon turned into a phenomenon. Requests came pouring in from all over the world. While the b [...]

    • While I was hiking Mt. Leconte in TN 6 years ago, I noticed that my friend had on a purple bracelet. I asked her about the bracelet and that is when I became familiar with this book. It may have taken me 6 years to get a copy, but I have been painfully aware of times when I am complaining since that hike! Author Will Bowen challenges the reader to go 21 consecutive days without complaining, gossiping or criticizing. He talks of the negative energy transferred to others from such talk. Such commo [...]

    • Very inspiring! The author of this book starts from the assumption that the less you complain, the better you live! Well, it's kind of obvious for the majority of us that the think-positive-attitude can help our lives and achievements. Still, what's interesting is the method he suggests in order to cut off complaints from our lives: every time we do complain we shall move from a position to another a self-monitoring tool (such as the purple rubber band of the cover or a coin in our pocket or). T [...]

    • I saw the author, WIll Bowen, on the Today show being interviewed. I was fascinated by his concept of trying to maintain a habit of NOT COMPLAINING. A few points in the book I found inspirational were:"IS the complaining competition something you want to win? Then fine, go ahead and gripe 'til everyone else gives in declaring you the greatest complainer in the world. This victory comes with prizes such as unhappy relationshipslrife with melodrama, health challenges,money worries, and an abundanc [...]

    • This was a very quick read. And it was well worth my time.The author came up with a simplistic yet powerful idea to challenge people to stop complaining, gossiping and criticising for 21 days straight. As a monitoring tool he suggests a bracelet or coin in your pocket that you have to move from one side to the other when you slip up. The reasoning behind trying to make it to the 21 day mark is that when you finally make it to that point you will have changed your habit of complaining constantly. [...]

    • This book is part of the A complaint Free World movement. The movement challenges people to complete 21 days of being complaint, gossip and sarcasm free. The idea is that people who manage this inspire others, like a ripple effect, and eventually the whole world will be doing it. There are individual benefits as well - according to the book, being less nagative makes you happier, improves your health, and wealth, is very de-stressing, and helps you get rid of insecurities - after all, you are gi [...]

    • Part of me thinks that I shouldn't knock the movement espoused in this book before I try itbut suffice to say, this book definitely did not convince me to.On some level I get it. No one likes someone who's constantly complaining, and in general I think people should strive for less negativity. But in my own experience, holding complaints in makes me feel worse, not better, and does not stop me from having negative thoughts. It even makes me feel lonelier, because sometimes complaining to others [...]

    • So, I started this book today 8/4/07. The book challenges each reader to stop complaining, criticizing and gossiping for 21 days- the amount of time it takes to break a habit. Most readers find that it takes them 4-8 months to complete the challenge. The author suggests that you wear a bracelet or carry a token in your pocket at all times, when you catch yourself in a complaint, you simply move the bracelet or token to the other side. Apparently, the physical act of making yourself aware of your [...]

    • I give the message of this book 5 stars, but the actually book only about 2 stars. Basically, this book could have been summarized in a pamphlet, it was essentially explained to the reader in the introduction. The rest of the book contained stories from the author and others who had tried and failed, and tried and tried and tried and succeeded at the 21 day challenge.Even since beginning this book, I've been catching myself when I complain, and now that I am finished with this book, I'm going to [...]

    • I gave it two stars because the actual book itself is not that interesting and I was actually looking forward to reading it and I was disappointed. But the message from the book is great and one that I am struggling to change my attitude and health by: Quit Complaining!If I tell someone about something that irritates me or made me mad and they have no way of helping me, then I have hurt them and myself. I have wasted both of our times and produced negative energy. The book explains that of cours [...]

    • In A Complaint Free World Kansas City Pastor Will Bowen describes how his parishioners have changed their lives through the simple act of not complaining. They use bracelets that they slip from wrist to wrist when they catch themselves voicing negative thoughts to remind themselves of the impact of their words. After describing how the movement began, Bowen’s parishioners provide testimonial of how becoming complaint free has affected their lives. Fans of Byrne’s The Secret will find practic [...]

    • If I had to choose one non-fiction book that I thought everyone in the world should read, I would be very likely to choose this book. Not because it is the greatest book I have ever read, but because it is inspiring, practical, accessible, and deceptively profound. Not complaining does not mean you don't speak up for yourself or express yourself; in fact, I have found that the attempt to stop complaining has increased my self-awareness and my ability to express myself and speak up for myself whe [...]

    • MCL. I forget where I saw the recommendationmeplace random.I was up for reading a challenging book about not complaining. This wasn't it. This was a thoroughly "power of positive thinking," God=Universe=Neutral. Using the trick of moving a bracelet to make you aware might be useful, but even according to his story, it started off as a gimmick and it still seems to me that it is. The book is entirely testimonial & pontification, no research, no backing, no authority. He sprinkles in a quote h [...]

    • This is a very easy to read book with many truths. I enjoyed it alot. The book challanges you to go 21 days complaint free. They have a website where you can order a purple bracelet(s) that you move back and forth whenever you complain,criticize, or gossip to help keep you focused on being complaint free. It's amazing to me how many words that come out of my mouth that are negative. It has caused me to have more awareness, and I plan to continue to work on being complaint free (not there yet- I' [...]

    • While this book was not earth shattering it has made me think about the amount of complaining I do on a daily basis so for being thought provoking alone I rate it 4 stars. I listened to the author narrate the audio and thought he did a good job (he is a pastor so is somewhat used to public speaking). I am doing the 21 day challenge and have gone 24 hours a few times without complaint (which includes gossiping) but so far my longest streak is 4 days. I will keep trying though and hope to get 21 d [...]

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