Yes, there is a downside to the half-full mentality.
Raise your hand if you have ever heard “Well at least . . .;” “It could be worse;” “Look on the bright side;” or other expressions that are offered in response to real negative emotions. You’ve likely been on the giving or receiving end of phrases such as these, which means you’ve experienced what is called toxic positivity.
While it is well-intentioned, toxic positivity suppresses emotions. That can lead to stronger negative emotions, such as anxiety and depression, which can also manifest as physical illness. Experiences of toxic positivity are not limited to well-meaning friends and family. It’s also increasingly taking hold in the workplace as leaders lean into optimism in the face of massive COVID-19 economic and social impacts.
Forgot that last part about the hoax. But, the author is correct. All the bright side obsession is usually a mask for something. Despair is the opposite of hope. However, there is a distinct difference between pessimism and honest realism. We’ve known all of this for thousands of years. The solution, the correct way to judge life is via Christian stoicism. It takes practice but it works.
The follow-up video refused to film itself. Similarly, the columns have stalled. Let’s just say I’m too giddy with excitement. In not unrelated news, my video series on the 2033 (or sooner) scenario is rolling right along. Stay tuned. P
PS: Thanks for all the looks this week!
I’ll be talking about this a little later in the week on PPN. And, note, this silences right-wing figures, not that many of them could be more silent on a few things.
“We need to help induce national calm NOW,” Cumulus’s executive vice president of content Brian Philips wrote in the memo. The company “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths.’”
Philips added, “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately.”
Got that? NO dissent!
*Also, this week may see the return of the weekly column, here and at TPC. Picking one to two topics. Stay tuned.
At this time, it’s most understandable for people to be either worried or giddy. However, I’ve just about had enough of rumors. The time for talk and speculation came and went. If there’s going to be action, then now is the time. Come what may.
Things may (may) be moving. If you haven’t already, then now would be the time to back up all of your cloud-based data to a medium that you physically hold and to prepare for a temporary widespread communications disruption.
Should this site go down, it will either come back here or reappear somewhere else once the dust settles.