Book Report: A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen


Book Report: A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen – 047


In episode 47, we check in to see how Jenny and I are doing two weeks into this month’s challenge where we are being mindful to stop complaining, criticizing and gossiping.  

We explore how complaining might have some positives and then we jump into our book report which is Will Bowen’s book, A Complaint free world.

I’m diggin’ Chelsea Handler and Jenny’s diggin’ a netflix movie called Wine Country.

My win is related to healing up after my hot wax incident last week and getting some new headshots taken and Jenny’s learn is about making an intentional decision to change up a habit.


Tune in and Listen Below


What You’ll Hear (and don’t want to miss!)


1:30: We check in to see how we are doing 2 weeks into this month’s challenge which is all about not complaining, criticizing or gossiping.

4:20: Book Report: We share some of our favourite bits from Will Bowen’s book; A Complaint Free World

9:47: Who are You Anyway: Do You think it’s possible to never complain?

11:38: We explore how complaining may have some positive outcomes

15:22: What are You Diggin’ Lately?:  This week I’m diggin’ Chelsea Handler and Jenny’s diggin’ Wine Country on Netflix

19:36: You Win or You Learn: My win this week is related to healing up nice after last week’s hot wax incident and getting some new headshots taken.  Jenny’s learn is about taking intentional steps to stop doing a long term habit.

24:23: We wrap it up for this week. Next week we will report back on how our adventure to Detroit to see Gretchen and Liz went.  We are SUPER excited!!


Resources + Links Mentioned in This Episode:


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Book: A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen

Website: Will Bowen; A Complaint Free World (this is where you can order the bracelets if you are so inspired) 

Article:  Hidden Benefits and Detriments of Complaining by Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

TV Docu-series on Netflix: Chelsea Does 

Book:  Life Will Be the Death of Me…And You Too!  by Chelsea Handler 

Netflix Movie:  Wine Country


Peggy’s new Headshots by Mark Girdauskas of Spitzky Media





Key Quotes:


In Chinese, the word “complain” is comprised of two symbols, “Hug” and “Ego.” The Chinese believe that to complain is to “hug your ego.”
There is profound wisdom in the pairing of these two signs to indicate the essence of complaining. When you complain you are hugging your ego.

He says: Complaining is talking about things you do not want rather than what you do want. When we complain, we are using our words to focus on things that are not as we would like. Our thoughts create our lives and our words indicate what we are thinking. Put another way. What you articulate, you demonstrate.


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The Improvement Project podcast is hosted by Dr. Peggy Malone and Jenny Couse.  Peggy is a health care provider who encourages her patients every day to create better habits associated with their health and wellness.  She is wife to the hilarious and heavily bearded John, with whom she takes many adventures. Dr. Peggy is also a human being on a mission to create better habits for herself and by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge with her!  Jenny is a marketing professional in the international trade sector.  She and her husband Jeff are parents to hilarious 5 year old Ethan.  Her year of monthly habit resolutions in 2015 piqued her interests in how habits are created and best kept.

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