I’m not sure whether to file this under "Duh" or "Interesting Observations." (Both folders are metaphorical, so I’m not thinking too hard about it.)

Jeffrey Zaslow writes in the March 4 Wall Street Journal, "From Attitude to Gratitude: This Is No Time for Complaints."

There may be a positive byproduct of our troubled times: a decrease in the urge to complain. People who still have jobs are finding reasons to be appreciative. (It feels unseemly to complain about not getting a raise when your neighbor is unemployed.) Can you wear it?Homeowners are unhappy that home values have fallen, but it’s a relief to avoid foreclosure. And yes, our portfolios have plummeted, but most of us can say that at least we didn’t invest with Bernie Madoff.

Mix some good fortune, a fear of losing your job, and some schadenfreude and suddenly

Job satisfaction is actually up, according to a December 2008 survey by Yahoo! HotJobs. Almost 38% of respondents said they were "very satisfied" with their jobs, compared with 28% in 2007.

Why?

Some people today may be smartly cutting back on complaining because they recognize it can be detrimental to their careers

That said, I’m going back to work.