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Optimism vs. Toxic-Positivity: Here’s How to Know the Difference

Is there such a thing as being too positive? Have you ever found yourself pretending to be okay (or even pretending to be great) when you’re not, because you felt pressure to “stay positive”? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone — but it doesn’t have to be that way. While the two ideas may seem interchangeable, there’s a difference between optimism and positivity — and it is possible for fake positivity to turn toxic and affect you negatively.

To help us unpack the difference between optimism and toxic-positivity, we asked for insight from Ariana Fotinakis. By understanding the connections between optimism, positivity and how we feel, Ariana — an intuitive life coach and breathworker — guides us towards a better understanding of how to sit more comfortably with our feelings — so that hope can grow.



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