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5 Ways You Can Respond to ‘Toxic Positivity’

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“Toxic positivity” is more than just a buzzy phrase — it’s a mindset so deeply ingrained in our society that it seeps into almost everything, including how we’re expected to cope with our health.

If you live with a health condition, you may often hear people convince you to “stay positive” or “find a silver lining.” But this approach doesn’t necessarily work for everyone, and if toxic positivity negatively impacts you, here are five things to tell people who are “toxically positive.” 1. “Recognizing I’m sad or frustrated helps me process my feelings.” If you encounter people who seem to expect you to be happy all the time and claim all other emotions are unhealthy or unnecessary, explain the function those less-happy emotions have in your

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