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Wellness Wednesday: Toxic Positivity

A sign at Dempsey's says "shut happens."
David Holm
A sign at Dempsey's says "shut happens."

Fears and uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have many people saying things like “You’ve got this!” and “This too shall pass.”

Such rose-tinted expressions that focus solely on the positive and ignore the recipient’s pain are what mental health experts call dismissive, or toxic, positivity.

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: toxic positivity and why it’s OK to not be OK.


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