But you already knew that, and won’t be surprised to learn that a recent study found that whining is even worse than a crying baby or a table saw. In the study, researchers asked subjects to do simple math problems while listening to different types of background noise. The subjects accomplished the least amount of work, and made the most mistakes, while listening to whining.
It truly is the worst sound in the world.
I know many of your thoughts immediately flashed to children who were wailing because their sister looked at them funny. But adults whine too.
When we fire off a complaint in the heat of the moment, it doesn’t usually seem like a big deal. But relationships aren’t made of “big deal” moments. A relationship–any relationship–is made of lots of tiny moments. We can bite our tongue for the Big Moments, when we know we’re on the stage. But there aren’t that many Big Moments in a relationship. There are lots of little moments.
We have to watch our words for the little moments as well. Don’t lose control of your tongue and let the “worst sound in the world” into your relationships.
Do you have any tips to curtail whining among the big or small people in your life? Share them in comments!