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pos·i·tiv·i·ty /ˌpäzəˈtivədē/

the practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude.

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Positivity is such a simple word, yet it can feel so complex, so difficult when you or someone you love has been through a long battle.

Some of the most well intended messages such as “Stay positive!!!! 😃 💪 🙌 " can land poorly. Have you ever felt cynical towards someone else's positive attitude? Have you ever wanted to tell the next person who comments on your social media where to shove their emojis?

Perhaps you felt badly for feeling so negative. They were just trying to cheer you up, right? Or were they silencing your struggle with a type of positivity known as toxic positivity? 

There is a time and place for positivity and feelings of hope, but you are also allowed to feel the full range of emotions if you or a loved one is battling to live. Here we will discuss positivity and toxic positivity, and how to handle situations when someone tries to add silver lining to your cloudy circumstance.  

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