When we’re unhappy with something, a common response is to complain about it:
That was such a long day.
The weather is so dreary.
Traffic was horrible.
Even though we know complaining about such things isn’t productive, as long as the complaints don’t consume us or become habitual, they’re fairly harmless.
But complaining inside of our marriages – about our spouses – can become toxic to the relationship:
You’re such a slob.
I feel like I do everything around here.
You never listen to me.
Complaining Hurts a Marriage
Complaining in our marriages can be more damaging than the everyday complaints we find ourselves making. Here’s why: