If you’ve spent any time on social media, you’ve likely noticed just how much content revolves around telling people how they can improve their daily routines. From TikTokkers espousing the virtues of an elaborate morning schedule called a “5 to 9 before 9 to 5,” to people smugly sharing their step counts on Instagram, it seems like everyone has opinions on how to maximize each waking moment to be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.
But what if this constant striving towards productivity and self-improvement is actually sabotaging us? Read on to learn about the other side of the hustle.
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There may be better ways to gauge your well-being — including not tracking anything at all.
It’s not just the need to feel productive that can undermine productivity. So can the fixation on focus.
“Toxic positivity minimizes painful emotions and downplays difficult experiences. It sends a subtle but clear message that there’s no space for sadness or tough stuff. When we insist on only looking at the positive, we shame people for struggling, and as a result, they often feel isolated and alone.”
Why optimizing isn’t always the best path to contentment.
It’s not enough to think highly of ourselves; we want others to be impressed with our moral credentials as well. And so we grandstand.