What is toxic positivity? Sometimes in life things don’t go your way. Maybe you are having an off day, or everything seems to be going wrong. Often in these situations we are told to ‘just smile’ or to try and just ‘be happy’. Have you ever been upset, and someone says, ‘don’t cry’, quite clearly trying to comfort you? This is toxic positivity and although friends and family may feel they are helping they may actually be doing more harm than good. These emotions are meant to be felt and sometimes you have to acknowledge them to be able to move on from them.