Five or six years ago, I gave the ladies in my church a challenge to commit to going at least ten days without complaining.  The challenge was so much fun (and so challenging) that I decided to share it with my blog readers.  

This is the third year I’ve shared this challenge here at Little Natural Cottage.  The response is always the same: I HAD NO IDEA HOW MUCH I COMPLAIN!   


Why am I sharing this challenge yet again?  Because I believe a little NON-COMPLAINING is in order for most of us (referring to myself, of course!).  I hope you’ll join me!









A few weeks ago, I decided I would give you a challenge: I would ask you to go at least ten days without complaining.



And do you know what happened?


I woke up last Friday morning and found my sister calmly restraining a water leak in our kitchen (she’s more laid back than I am).


Of course, my husband was out-of-town for the day.  And I am about as handy with plumbing as a giraffe.


My sister wrapped up the leak with some kind of heavy tape, then tried to turn off the water-meter-thingy in the front yard while I got breakfast on the table for my hungry kids (who were asking for granola and hot cocoa).


She was unsuccessful in turning off the water-meter-thingy, so we just baby-sat the leak all day (emptying buckets and bowls every hour or two), until my husband got home that evening to rescue us.


What am I trying to say?


Never plan to ask other people to quit complaining unless you are willing to smile through a water leak.


I did not smile through it, by the way.  My sister sweetly told me to quit being a grump (we are brutally honest with one another, my sister and I).  It took me a few minutes, but I got my bad attitude under control and we ended up having a great day, despite the mess.


So, on to my challenge:


Can you go 10 days without complaining? 


I think you can.  I think I can.  If we really try.


Overlook dirty clothes on the floor, flies in the house (yes, we still have flies this time of year in the South), fussy family members, nosy neighbors, the burnt supper you slaved over, the leaky plumbing, or whatever else drives you crazy.


I know you can do it.  For just ten days.


If nothing else, you (and I) will realize how easy it is to gripe, and how much of a choice it is to shut our mouths and smile instead.


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33 thoughts on “Gratitude Challenge: 10 Days Without Complaining

  1. It’s Friday, i’m going to try to make it through the weekends and hopefully make it to ten days 🙂

    Posted on November 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm
  2. Day two, but I’m in. This is the motivation that I need to put a lock on my mouth. Thank you 🙂

    Posted on November 20, 2013 at 10:16 am
  3. I’m in!!

    Posted on November 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm
  4. You can count me in!!! Is there a Facebook group or anything for this?

    Posted on November 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm
    1. You can join us over at Little Natural Cottage on Facebook for a daily check-in!


      Posted on November 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm
  5. I am ready for the challenge! I know for a fact I complain a lot if fact my husband said to me on Sunday evening that I hound him all the time. Boy did that make me cry so I am so ready for this Challenge.

    Posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:56 am
    1. Kimber, it’s a hard habit to break! That’s why I love this challenge so much… it helps me become aware of the words that are coming out of my mouth! Thanks for joining in!

      Posted on November 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm
  6. This is a great challenge. I’m going to start today!

    Posted on December 7, 2012 at 10:15 am
  7. Whoa. That’s a big challenge with one of the big holidays and family frenzy that goes with it coming. I am hesitant, but feel like I should give it a go. The fact that I know it will be hard suggests that it really is a good idea. 😉

    Posted on November 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm
  8. Count me in, starting NOW! 🙂

    Posted on September 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm
  9. I  am adding this to my clipix just found it today when linking up. I will be doing this. guess i need a bracelet like the one girl was talking about. 

    Posted on February 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm
  10. I am with Kim STARTING DAY 1 =0)

    Posted on November 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm
  11. Count me in!  Starting Day 1. 

    Posted on November 21, 2011 at 11:40 am
  12. I’m going to try it, Great idea. Thank you.

    Posted on November 19, 2011 at 10:34 am
  13. Annemieke
    Thank you for this challenge. I really want to take it oversees and told my friends an family in Holland (where I live) about it! This is my first day. I like the comment of benpip too with the bracelet. How inspiring people can be! Thank you all.

    Posted on November 18, 2011 at 3:41 am
  14. I so need this! I am going to try this challenge, and I think Thanksgiving week is the best time for me to try this. Less complaining will make the holiday more pleasant for everyone, I’m sure.

    Posted on November 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm
  15. How funny is this?… our Bible study group was given complaint bracelets last week, and each time you complained you were to switch it to the other wrist and record the complaint and see what God shows you for a week.  I couldn’t go one day without complaining about something, and I had to switch my bracelet many times. But, a few things God showed me was, I really like getting my way, ( just being honest ;(. ) I allow others to hinder my walk, I learned to catch myself before the thought even came out and I would just laugh and switch it. I also realized that when others complained, I tend to go right there with them. (I also thought, they need a bracelet!!!lol!) I know that there will be sufferings in this world, and our days don’t always go as we plan, but if we try to be intentional about being positive and uplifting to others, we won’t be as likely to turn into a “Negative Ninny”! Love this!! So glad I hopped from Teach Me Tuesdays at Growing Home!

    Posted on November 16, 2011 at 11:09 am
    1. I’m glad you did, too!  🙂 

      I like what you said- “if we try to be intentional about being positive and uplifting others”.  It really IS an intentional choice, a decision.  Thanks for your input! 

      Posted on November 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm
  16. I do not usually comment on the blogs I follow, but I could not help but praise the Lord for his timing.  My family and I have been talking about the need to cultivate a grateful, thankful attitude without complaing.  Now I find this challenge from another blog.  What timing.  We have been focusing on Philippians 2:14-15.  Thanks for the exta encouragement and challenge to carry this through!  Sheree

    Posted on November 16, 2011 at 10:00 am
    1. Sheree, your comment really blessed me!  Thank you for taking the time to share.  🙂

      Posted on November 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm
  17. I’m with you!!

    Posted on November 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm
  18. Hi!  I came over from Dicky Bird’s Nest and I would like to try.

    Posted on November 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm
  19. Oh, this is a GOOD idea! Refocusing on the positive can only possibly be a good thing! Love!

    Posted on November 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm
  20. Count me in.  I had to think about this one though… can I do it?  I guess answering a question (i.e.-how are you feeling) honestly isn’t complaining unless given wholly over to description and negative attitude also.  Yes, you may laugh at me, but a chirpy “fine!” would be a lie,  I believe.  For some reason, my comment looks as it’s it’s going to be under the name “rae bella” instead of H. Rae from An Original Belle.  But it’s really me!  I’m going to go grab your button now.

    Posted on November 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    1. H. Rae, I don’t think honesty is complaining.  I think of complaining more as dwellling on and talking about negative things in our life. 

      There are lots of times we will not “like” our situation, or how we feel, etc. 

      Thanks for linking up, my friend!   

      Posted on November 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm
  21. The Lord has been convicting me of this. I have been complaining a lot of certain issues and I feel like the leaky water faucet in proverbs.  🙂 Thanks for the challenge.

    Posted on November 15, 2011 at 11:28 am
  22. I will give it a try also.  Love this idea especially now around Thanksgiving – in fact it is 10 days till Thanksgiving.  I added your button.  My blog is: 

    Posted on November 15, 2011 at 10:26 am
  23. I posted it to my blog! Let’s spread the word! graciouslyliving.blogspot.com

    Posted on November 15, 2011 at 8:42 am
    1. Thank you ladies for sharing!  Jackie, I meant to mention in my post the fact that it is JUST TEN DAYS till Thanksgiving… I thought the timing couldn’t be better ! 

      So far, no complaints today, although I had to shut my mouth rather quickly a few times. 😉 

      Posted on November 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm
  24. Love this! And I am up for the challange:)

    Posted on November 15, 2011 at 7:59 am
  25. I’ll Try it!!!

    Posted on November 15, 2011 at 7:59 am
    1. Oh, good- two on board!!  Who’s next?  😉 

      Posted on November 15, 2011 at 8:05 am