happiness is not a choice for those with mental illlness
Mental health

Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

This was originally posted in 2018 in the early months of this blog.  I've decided to pull a few posts out of the archives where they were gathering dust, give them an overhaul, and bring them back to life.  It's a bit of an experiment, and here's the first one.   "Happiness is a choice." … Continue reading Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

Book cover: Bright-sided by Barbara Ehrenreich
Book reviews

Book Review: Bright-Sided

Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America by Barbara Ehrenreich was recommended by a fellow writer on Medium.com who, like me, has chronic treatment-resistant depression. The book looks at different ways that expectations of positive thinking with no room for anything else are actually harming our society.  The author doesn't use the term toxic positivity, but she's talking… Continue reading Book Review: Bright-Sided

two smiling stuffed toys- one says happy, the other says keep on smiling
Mental health, Psychology

How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?

The basic idea of positive psychology is a good one.  Who doesn't want to feel happier and the other positive emotions that go along with that? The essentials of positive psychology According to PositivePsychology.com, positive psychology focuses on the positive aspects of life, including: "Positive experiences (like happiness, joy, inspiration, and love)" "Positive states and traits… Continue reading How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?