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By LuAnn Schindler

-Isms: Views on life in rural America


November 25, 2021

During a week when gratitude is at the forefront, it seems strange to be viewing and reading about toxic positivity. News about the psychological phrase is plastered everywhere, or so it seems.

ICYMI: Toxic positivity is defined as an excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of an optimistic state.

Toxic positivity creates a false narrative and minimizes interpersonal communication. The problem with always putting on a happy face is complicated and unhealthy. It's unnatural. Responding in that manner stifles raw emotion, creates feelings of guilt and adds stress. Who needs that?


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