No Whining Wednesday

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.

Okay, 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 can give yourself a punishment to make this fun. Maybe you will not eat your favorite snack today. Maybe you won’t drink wine for a week. Or maybe you can put a coin in a jar. 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).

Wait! What if I start whining!?

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

New to NWW? Catch up below!

Expect What You Cannot See

Control Your Thoughts

What This is Really About

Peace Under Pressure

Look for Solutions

Don’t Be a Negative Nancy


Wait it Out

See the Lesson

The Strength in Others

Understand and Appreciate Your Riches

Write it on Your Heart

We Haven’t Finished Yet

Edit Your Life

Change Your Perspective

Embrace the Quiet

Complainers (Video)


The Silver Lining


No Reflection in Boiling Water

Don’t Leave Yourself Behind

Stop Over-explaining Yourself to People

The Company You Keep

Stop Overthinking

Commitment and Consistency

Don’t Drown Your Own Voice

The Victory

Take Nothing Personally