No Whining Wednesdays

Welcome to Day One of No Whining Wednesdays! A new segment of The PBS Blog.

The No Whining Wednesday Badge

The No Whining Wednesday Badge

What is NWW?

No Whining Wednesdays is something coined by Iyanla Vanzant that I decided to adopt into this blog. It means that for the entire day today you CANNOT do the following:

– Whine
– Complain
– Criticize

Here are some definitions:

To Whine – give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound; to grumble, murmur or complain in a feeble way.

To Complain – express dissatisfaction or annoyance about a state of affairs or an event; state that one is suffering from; state of grievance.

To Criticize – indicate the faults of (someone or something) in a disapproving way; to condemn, attack, discourage.

OK, now that we all know what whining, complaining, and criticizing is, there is only one rule: DON’T DO ANY OF THIS TODAY.


If you whine, complain, or criticize at all today you must put a quarter in a jar. If you have no quarter you can put a dime, nickel, or penny.  Of course, this is optional. The idea is to hold yourself accountable and to maintain self-control. If that means investing a few quarters then do that. If it means something else, do that Maybe you can deny yourself that favorite snack or fast food. Just make it fun.

Every week I will post an inspirational quote to help us to get you started. I’m going to go out and purchase me a notebook and record my experiences and thoughts there. You can too or you can record your experience on your own blogs, it’s up to you. This activity is personal so it will be up to you, to be honest about how well you did. You can share it with us or not. It’s a completely personal exercise.


Less stress and a happier, and overall greater appreciation for all things and all people in your life. Together, we will strive to be more grateful by eliminating complaints and discouragement from our lives, one Wednesday at a time. (Not to mention you can save some money).

Inspiring Quote of the Day

“Remember, you and you alone are responsible for maintaining your energy. Give up blaming, complaining and excuse making, and keep taking action in the direction of your goals – however mundane or lofty they may be.”
– Jack Canfield

Wait! What if I start whining!?


First, go find some quarters. But if you’re struggling, no worries. You can take a moment to:

  • Pray
  • Sing
  • Listen to Music
  • Read
  • Write
  • Think about / Count your blessings
  • Call a Friend
  • Clean the house
  • Anything productive


Today is yours. Go out and conquer it and remember, no complaining!


42 thoughts on “No Whining Wednesdays

  1. NWW is a wonderfully positive take particularly in these times.
    (Question: Are the following allowed: Skewed humour allowed in the place of criticisms? Making childish noises of disapproval at machines which have chosen not to work properly at the very time you need them to?)

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