I spend a lot of my time working with people to help them be more positive in a wide number of ways. We all tend to benefit from healthy levels of positivity, of course we do. However…..
One thing I have struggled to come to terms with over the years, is that as a trainer, author and therapist, whose main purpose in those roles has been to help others feel happier or get better, is that many people expect you to be “Mr Whoopee-doo” all the time. They expect that I jump out of bed every morning and burst into a rendition of zip-a-dee-doo-dah regardless of what may be happening in my life.
In this video I talk on the topic of toxic positivity and how it can actually be bad for your mental health to attempt to be overly positive too much of the time.
Remember that sun and rain are needed for flowers to grow!
Agree … masking our emotions lead to losing touch with who we are. However, accepting negative emotions and working through them objectively is empowering – we grow and get to understand ourselves better.
Thank you Luane, best wishes to you, Adam.