Gratitude Challenge: 10 Days Without Complaining


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.


Grab our button and join the 10 Days Without Complaining challenge at Little Natural Cottage!







Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re up to the challenge!


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Kristy Howard

Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at

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  1. Kimber Taylor-Rogers says

    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.

  2. Little Sis says

    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. 😉

  3. says

    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. 

  4. Annemieke van den Heuvel says

    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.

  5. Sarah Ellzey says

    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.

  6. benpip says

    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!

    • says

      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! 

  7. sheree says

    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

  8. says

    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.

    • says

      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!   

  9. says

    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.

  10. Jacky Luetschwager says

    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: 

    • says

      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. 😉 


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