As I made the journey from Great Yarmouth to London this weekend, I began my usual scroll through Twitter when something from the @Uberfacts account jumped out at me and stuck with me for the rest of the way home. “Someone who suffers from Misophonia will often be made angry by very small things.”

We’re all guilty of indulging in a good moan about our crap commute (argh, trains!) or the weather (argh, it’s too hot!) and it’s no secret that social networks like Facebook and Twitter perpetuate this most human of instincts, but when does the occasional rant turn into something unhealthy? When does a minor irritation become a daily, negative stream of consciousness? 

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YOU WOULDN’T LIKE ME IF I WAS ALWAYS MILDLY ANNOYED…

From continuously bitching about a colleagues inability to chew with his mouth closed, to pointing out each and every flaw in a movie, you’re bound to know at least one person who always finds something to complain about, no matter how small, no matter what the situation. It might be a friend, a family member…it might even be you. Whilst having an unwavering positive outlook on life is easier said than done – hell, everyone has bad days, even those who seem to have a cookie cutter life – focusing on those small annoyances is detrimental to your well being and your relationships.

If someone in your social circle consistently vents about the most trivial things in life, chances are they’re either exhausted by it, or don’t even realise that what they’re doing is having an unfavourable effect on your friendship. If you can’t talk to them directly about it, try avoiding activities you know will set them off. If you’re the one who always starts sentences with “Yeah it was ok, but…” then swallow it, think about how many times you’ve said that word in the last 24 hours and repeat after me: don’t sweat the small stuff

Do you get wound up by small annoyances?

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