Generally, there is nothing wrong with having a sunny disposition towards life. It's admirable to look at the bright side of things. However, positivity must be genuine. Not a forced outlook. Toxic positivity can disguise itself as well-meaning comments or suggestions like “You’ll get over it!” or “Just be positive!”. The cult of positivity makes you feel like your opinions and feeling are unacknowledged. It typically results in denial, minimalization, or invalidation of authentic human experiences and emotions. Want to learn how to spot the signs of toxic positivity? Watch along!
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