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That Annoying Cheerfulness Some People Exhibit Has A Name

I came across a term used on a local NPR program today that I hadn't heard before, and thought was interesting. It describes those folks who, no matter what tragedy or misfortune befalls them, they constantly maintain an upbeat attitude ... so much so that you find it annoying.

It's called "toxic positivity." According to, psychologists define it as "the belief that no matter how dire or difficult a situation is, people should maintain a positive mindset. It's a 'good vibes only' approach to life. And while there are benefits to being an optimist and engaging in positive thinking, toxic positivity instead rejects difficult emotions in favor of a cheerful, often falsely positive, facade."

In reading the opening message of this blog, it occurs to me that some might accuse me right off the bat with exhibiting "toxic positivity." You have nothing to worry about. There is a big difference between being constantly, annoyingly and falsely positive vs. fully appreciating the beauty and goodness around you while also understanding and sensitively handling your own negative feelings and those of the people around you.

The Davy Lamp will not be afraid to illuminate difficult topics and feelings when appropriate and constructive to do so. But 67 years into this life, I feel the positives of the world are the things that most need to be celebrated right now, in a time of unprecedented anger and polarization. It's the only thing, in the end, that will win.

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26 ביוני 2023

I agree with your take on Toxic Positivity. Well said, Cuz.

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