Does Toxic Positivity Exist?

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I’ve been told on two occasions that it was toxic for me to encourage people to be positive. One person even unfollowed me on Twitter for this. My question is, what is so toxic about having a positive outlook on life?

With this being said, I’m not suggesting we should be positive all of the time in our lives. We simply can’t be positive in some situations. It’s hard to be positive when a loved one has JUST died, or for some reason, we are SUDDENLY homeless and have nowhere to live. I capitalize these words because I’m talking about things that could happen in an exact moment. I don’t suggest being positive if we SUDDENLY suffer a physical assault on the street. It wouldn’t be toxic positivity; it would simply be inappropriate given the circumstances.

However, if we want to live the best life we could live, then we should try our best to be positive. I believe positivity is all about outlook (the future), even when a possibly upcoming bad situation seems insurmountable. If it’s insurmountable, why be positive you might ask? Because what good would it do if we’re negative and pessimistic about everything. We never know what the future might hold.

Our circumstances may suddenly turn around for the better. That’s why we should never give up. Never! I believe in fate; I believe in miracles. The only way we are going to see them is if we have a positive outlook on life. There is nothing toxic about being positive. It makes live worth living, and we become better people because of it.

Published by J.C. Maine

I am a retired veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard. I live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. My desire is to use positive messages to improve the lives of other people.

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