We all know these people. Everyone probably has one in their family, or in their class, or at work. Maybe you're one yourself. I used to be one; now I've cut back. These people get under your skin. They annoy the daylights out of you! Nobody likes them. I try to stay away from them; they are so unattractive and repel everyone. Who am I talking about? I'm talking about complainers. Complainers are never satisfied. Nothing is ever quite right around them. Whiners just see the negative in everything. It's annoying.
The book of Proverbs is riddled with verses about the negatives of a nagging, complaining wife. God grew tired of the Israelites' complaints and kicked them out of the holy land.
So what should we do about whiners? The best advice I have to offer is "simply walk away." That's what I have to do. Sometimes, like when I'm in a car, I can't get away from it. But the best way to curb complaining is to change the subject or to wisely reprimand the whiner without whining in the process. If I told a complaining friend, "Dude, shut up and stop whining! You're so annoying!", that probably wouldn't be as effect as saying, "Hey man, can you please stop whining?". He would passionately point out how he wasn't whining, just "telling the truth" or "telling it like it is". Or he might call me "judgemental". But at least I tried to peaceably end the whines. If the complainer refused to stop complaining, I'd either leave or tell an adult.
Whining annoys everyone. Complainers won't be abundant in friends. Whiners can't enjoy life. Complainers drag others down with nagging comments. Whiners will never get the "Best Sportsmanship" or "Most Christlike" award. Complainers never have fun or enjoy themselves because they'd rather see the negative or downside. Whiners are never quite satisfied. Complainers focus on what they don't have rather than on what they have. Whiners see themselves as intelligent when everyone sees them as immature.
Nobody likes a whiner.