According to researchers, complaining can have measurable adverse effects on human health. After conducting a review of numerous psychological studies, author Steven Parton concluded there is ample scientific evidence to support the theory that frequent venting of frustration and anger takes a toll on both mental and physical health. According to Parton, constant negativity can lead to long-term changes in brain chemistry and a myriad of adverse physical effects resulting from stress.
Can Negativity Rewire the Brain?
Synaptic connections are the chemical pathways that allow the brain to form thoughts and interpret feelings. Parton’s research found that, over time, synaptic connections that become familiar and common could emerge as a kind of psychological default in an individual. In other words, a person who mires himself or herself in negativity risks having this negativity become the lens through which he or she sees the world. Simply put, the synaptic connections formed by negative thinking can end up being hard-wired into the brain.
The same seems to be true of those who surround themselves with consistently negative people. Because of the human mind’s innate capacity for empathy, listening to people complain appears to create the same types of synaptic connections that form actual negative emotions. Parson’s conclusion: it’s far better to seek the company of upbeat people, since this helps create and reinforce positive synaptic connections.
The Physical Dangers of Stress
There is also a large body of scientific research that documents the physiological consequences of psychological stress, which raises the body’s levels of a hormone known as cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels have been associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and a weakened immune system, among other health conditions.
Your Path to Better Mental Health
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