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Toxic Positivity: Why It Isn't Always Healthy To Look On The Bright Side Of Life

Published: Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 12:49pm
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One of the more celebrated Monty Python-related songs includes the refrain "always look on the bright side of life." But if we actually did that, would the outcome be for the best?

During the months of the pandemic, many people have suffered tremendous losses — including deep illness and the deaths of loved ones. And — often in the nicest ways — we’re encouraged to get on with our lives and realize how wonderful the future can be. But can that emphasis on positivity be toxic, if we don’t embrace our true feelings?

The Show spoke with Nora McInerny, author and host of the podcast "Terrible, Thanks for Asking," about why we should deal with our feelings as opposed to putting a positive spin on what we’re experiencing.

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