A Complaint-Free School?

RAHWAY—There is a lot less complaining going on at Rahway High School. Under the leadership of English teacher Annette Goodman, Rahway High School is encouraging students and staff to participate in the “21-Day Complaint-Free Challenge.” The program is run by the organization A Complaint-Free World, Inc., a non-profit entity which provides purple bracelets and other materials to help people make positive changes in their lives.

The program is based on the book “A Complaint Free World,” by Will Bowen, which maintains that less complaining creates a spirit of positive cooperation. Those who participate in the program put purple bracelets on their wrists. Any time someone complains, he or she then has to switch the bracelet to the other wrist. This makes the person more cognizant of the act of complaining, therefore discouraging the act.

Goodman said, “When I first heard about the program, I was inspired to start the program in order to change some of the negative atmosphere that surrounds any work or school environment. Maya Angelou says ‘If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.’ For years, this has been my favorite quotation, and it definitely motivated me in moving forward with the Complaint-Free Challenge.

According to the program, those who eliminate complaining from their lives enjoy happier relationships, better health and greater prosperity. The Complaint-Free Challenge creates awareness about one’s negativity and allows a person to redirect those feelings in a more positive way.

“I am amazed at the response to the challenge,” says Goodman. “The response has been overwhelming. We sold out of bracelets almost immediately. It is nice to see what a positive impact the challenge is having on our school environment.”

Rahway High School students show off their purple bracelets, which signify that they are taking part in the school’s “21-Day Complaint-Free Challenge.”

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