We complain because we hope it will lighten our burdens, but it usually makes them feel heavier. We start exaggerating our troubles, and our gloom spreads to those around us. Pretty soon, minor irritations loom larger, and our health may decline.

In fact, a famous study by Stanford University found that complaining may be more dangerous than you think. Their research showed that complaining shrinks your hippocampus, thereby reducing your memory and problem-solving abilities.

It also increases stress hormones that can cause you to gain weight and raise your risk for serious conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.

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