Story posted March 05, 2007
Barbara Held, Barry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies, appeared on NBC's Today Show on Tuesday, March 6, 2007, in a segment on what's being called the "Complaint-Free Church" in Kansas City, Mo.
Professor Held's television appearance follows her quote in a Los Angeles Times article on January 27, 2007, that focused on the Rev. Will Bowen's challenge to his congregation to refrain from complaining, criticizing and gossiping for three weeks.
In the article, Held offers a counterpoint to what she describes as "the tyranny of the postive," saying "People deal with life in different ways." Held's book, Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching: A 5-Step Guide to Creative Complaining (St. Martin's Griffin, 2001), in which she urges people to stop pretending that everything is fine, was also referenced. The book was the subject of another appearance on Today, in 2001.
Click here for a link to the story and to see portions of the interview with Prof. Held.