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Toxic positivity

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Your takeaway at the end of this lesson: enough vocabulary, increased confidence, and  managed ideas so you can speak confidently about toxic positivity.

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You dismiss or brush off feelings that aren’t “positive”. You feel guilt or shame for experiencing “negative” emotions or speaking about it. Books are giving you advice on how to do positive self-talk. Social media bombards you with positive vibes. Well-meaning friends and relatives reach out to tell you what to do to stop the negative feelings. All of them are good and can come in handy to varying degrees.

But what if feeling bad is just part of life, like the sun and the moon? What if part of the suffering of feeling bad is not wanting to feel bad? What if we allow our suffering to be true: it is OK to feel bad. But we still suffer and struggle and try really, really hard to “fix” it when we feel bad.

It might have come from the holistic approach of positive movement. Whatever the origin is, the belief that suppressing negative emotions lets you forget them can be damaging, and may take its toll on our relationships.

This obsession with positive thinking is called toxic positivity. Let’s learn more and discuss it with others.


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What You Know

1
Test Yourself; Your Feelings
3 questions
A pretest on your primary knowledge about this topic
2
Come up with your answers: How would you feel?
10 m

This is a brain exercise to warm you up for the rest of the lesson.

What You Need to Learn

1
Watch and Learn; it’s ok to feel bad!
10 m
Watch these videos and listen to people talk about the topic. Do not worry if you cannot understand every single word. You are not supposed to! 
2
Toxic Positivity- Key Vocabulary Part1
Key Vocabulary Part1
3
Toxic Positivity- Key Vocabulary Part2
10 m
Time to find the vocabulary you need to learn. Part 2.

What You Learned

1
Dive in and Speak about Toxic Positivity!

Read the questions and share your answers.

2
Review; Your Feelings
5 questions
This is a short quiz on key vocabulary and ideas from previous steps.
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