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When ‘Good Vibes Only’ Goes Bad: Toxic Positivity Explained

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:43

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"It's OK not to be positive all the time, and it's unrealistic to believe that you can be happy every moment." ~ Psychology Professor Julie Norem
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While Just the Positive is a resource for positive stories, its reason for existence is in no way tied to promoting “toxic positivity” — which is the unrealistic belief that focusing on positivity and ignoring all other emotions will cure what ails you.

A few years ago, I was t-boned by a car running a red light at an intersection. I was later told by police that the man who ran the light was named Darwin — which I only mention because he walked away from the accident he caused without a single scratch (survival of the fittest much?). 

Get the Sleep of Your Dreams

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 10/07/2019 - 14:21

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Positive sleep practices, revealed
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First thing I coach people on how to get better sleep is to get the TV out of the bedroom! If you must screen time, then use blue-blocker glasses...because sometimes a movie after kids go to bed is also known as “date night.” ~ Carolyn D.
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What is sleep hygiene, and how does it contribute to a better night's sleep? Learn more, and also hear from locals as they give tips on positive sleep practices.

Want to know something totally sexy and awesome you can do every single night in order to be your most amazing self? 

SLEEP. 

Sure, it doesn’t sound sexy and awesome — but it is. In fact, it’s so sexy and awesome, there’s even a set of hygiene rules around it. Yes, hygiene

Saving Lives, Leaving a Legacy

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:26

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The Gift of Organ and Tissue Donation
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“You just never know when organ donation is going to affect your family.” ~ John Lilley
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The team at Donor Network West has a heroic goal: to remind people of the importance of a single conversation that can save up to 75 lives. 

Yes, this is an article on a website called “Just the Positive”; so why are we talking about organ/tissue donation, which is presumably something that happens once a person has died? 

Because donation has everything to do with life. 

In fact, every person who registers as a donor has the ability to save or heal eight lives through organ donation and 75 lives through tissue donation. We think those are extraordinarily positive, even heroic numbers. 

Morning Routine Ideas to Steer You Toward Positivity

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:29

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“I don't run every day, but on days I do, I always, always, always feel better. I don't run far or fast, but I go.” * April C. 
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We asked, you answered: What are the steps in your morning routine that lead you toward positivity? Here are some ideas from readers that you can model or adapt for your own path toward daily positivity. 

The idea that implementing a morning routine may steer your brain toward happiness and productivity is not new. 

Symbiotic Giving

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 05/29/2019 - 15:45

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Businesses & Non-Profits Benefit from GratisGives
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“People think it’s too good to be true, but we’ve identified a no brainer way for local businesses and charities to both thrive simultaneously.” * Kirk Allaire
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Kirk Allaire and partner Andy Lafreniere have created a unique way to help businesses do their business while also creating a consistent stream of cash donations to go to local non-profits. 

In October of 2017, Kirk Allaire had a crazy-big idea. 

The roots of this idea: As the successful owner of a company called Gratis Payment Processing, he wanted to give back to a non-profit that held great meaning to him personally. In the early days of his company, he contacted this specific charity to try to initiate the process. But he found the simple idea of trying to donate to a national organization to be overwhelming for the company’s bandwidth at the time. 

Just the ‘Paws’-itive: A Different Kind of Therapy

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 04/15/2019 - 18:46

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“My favorite part of having a therapy dog? I don’t know, I guess I’d say that if it makes someone happy, then we’ve done our jobs.” * Peter Maddy
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Read about Annie the Therapy Dog and her handler Peter Maddy, who visit places daily with one goal in mind: to help others.

Part 2: Hey Northern Nevada, What Makes You Stay Positive?

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:38

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"The wide variety of microbrews in the biggest little city turns a frown upside down.” * Melissa M. 
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Here’s the second part of our round-up of responses in which we asked: What makes you happy? Northern Nevadans came forward with their awesome lists of smile-creators. 

Did you ever notice how something as simple as reading someone’s positive post on social media, or just passing by a happy person on the street, can make you immediately joyful? That’s the reasoning behind this crowdsourced story, in which we’ve summarized ways that locals create their own happiness. 

Here’s Part 2 of our 2-part series — because we got too many responses to make it just one story (and we LOVE that!).

Top 10 Positive Messages from the 2019 Oscars

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 02/25/2019 - 18:54

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"I'm an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone." * Best Supporting Actress Regina King
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We’ve scoured all three hours of the Oscars and filtered out the bad jokes and awkward moments, so that you can experience the best and brightest moments of positivity, uninterrupted!  

If the 2019 Oscar ceremony were to have a theme, we think it would be about the sheer power of positivity. We heard so many of the winners share inspirational messages about the forces in their lives that brought them to the stage — and the takeaways for those watching to model in their own lives. 

We Asked, You Answered: What Makes You Stay Positive?

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 18:58

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“I smile when I hear a song on the radio that reminds me of my wife." * John M.
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Sometimes, we just need to live vicariously for a few minutes — because learning what makes others smile daily may just help inspire our own positivity. So we asked locals to tell us: What makes you stay positive? Here are the responses. 

Let’s face it: Some days, staying positive can be a challenge. But just when we’re feeling low, oftentimes something in our daily lives will inspire us to pause, reflect and smile. These are the things we were hoping to capture in this round-up of smile-generators. 

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