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Toxic Positivity and Our Miserable Pursuit of Happiness
Episode 11st November 2022 • Baggage Check: Mental Health Talk and Advice • Dr. Andrea Bonior
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In the Baggage Check series premiere, we dive into the concept of toxic positivity—and how we live in a global culture where happiness is both grossly misunderstood and constantly obsessed over. Getting real about the research on two very different conceptualizations of happiness—eudaimonic versus hedonic—and how one of them is associated with vastly improved mental health and fulfillment, Dr. Andrea discusses the serious cultural changes that seem directly to impact our moment-to-moment experiences of emotion. If you’ve ever wondered what “happiness” even means, and why the search for it can feel so futile as depression and anxiety rates continue to rise, this episode is for you.   

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Cover art by Danielle Merity

Music by Jordan Cooper


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