Staff Writer

Receiving requests for almost six million bracelets in 80 countries, Christ Church Unity in Kansas City, Mo., has started a trend that they hope will lead to "a complaint free world."

The bracelets are a simple way to bring about a big change; the purple, rubber band is worn on the wrist. It has "a complaint free world" on one side, and the word, "spirit," on the other. When the wearer complains, they must switch it to the other wrist - to bring attention to the fact that, really, we're all just a bunch of complainers.

"Our words are powerful indicators of our thoughts, and our thoughts shape our reality. When we complain, we draw to us negative things because we put out negative energy. One of the most important things we can do is to learn not to complain," wrote Rev. Will Bowen, leader of the Christ Church Unity and inventor of the "no complaint" bracelet has said.

The idea is to get people to wear the bracelet on the same wrist, not having to switch it because of complaints, for 21 days in a row. Scientists say it takes the normal person 21 days to form a new habit.

According to the Christ Church Unity's Web site, it can take anywhere from three to seven months, maybe longer before someone can go 21 days without complaining.

The rules are simple, wear the bracelet and catch yourself complaining, gossiping, or criticizing, move it to the other arm. If someone else wearing a bracelet complains, it can be pointed out, but the person who points it out must first move their bracelet. And though it may seem impossible, Christ Church Unity has a list of people on their Web site that have completed the task.

"It may take many months, but when you reach 21 days, you will find that your entire life is happier, more loving, more positive, and more abundant," says Bowen of the process. Upon reaching 21 days complaint free, send an e-mail to the Christ Church Unity and they will send back a "Certificate of Happiness" to celebrate the achievement.

Now, Frankie Howell is bringing the trend to Stephenville. Howell found the church's Web site on-line when researching a charity.

"I thought this would be so neat," Howell said, "and Stephenville will be the first town in Texas to pick it up."

Bracelets can be ordered from the church's Web site, and are free to anyone who is interested, as is a list of the instructions, and support. Donations are being accepted, but only after the bracelets have been received.

"They (the bracelets) come with an envelope that can be sent back with a donation if you want," Howell says.

And the church understands change can be hard.

"If your bracelet breaks let us know and we'll be happy to send you another one," Bowen writes in the letter he sends with the bracelets.

"I went through three bracelets before I made 21 days."

"I hope everyone will want to do this," Howell said. "I want us to be the first around here to get this started."

Anyone interested in getting bracelets for church or work groups can find more information on-line at www.acomplaintfreeworld.org, or by calling Frankie Howell at 254-965-9666.