Wars against Cultural Mormonism: “Positivism”
I’ve figured something important out last week.
I don’t have to “focus on the positive” or “only think happy thoughts” or “scatter sunshine” in order to be a good Mormon (or Christian ftm). In fact, in my experience, hearing those phrases are often something that “causes” unhappiness.
The fact is, one doesn’t have to ignore the bad and “focus on the positive.” But one also doesn’t have to ignore the good and “focus on the negative.” This life has both. If life is giving you mostly “bad” things, the healthiest thing is to recognize that fact. But forcing a positive or negative outlook is an unnatural and unhealthy action.