Ah, happiness! The single most sought-after life mission-probably the world over. Curated instagram performances, noteworthy facebook feeds, we’ve become so used to spinning our stories and lives in a positive way that some of us (me!) sometimes forget that we don’t have to be happy and live the most perfected version of ourselves 24/7! In psychology this phenomenon of not accepting negativity and instead spin-doctoring it into a positive narrative is referred to as “toxic positivity”. How can we make room for the not-so-perfect decision or action we took without feeling like we’ve somehow failed at life’s ultimate promise and goal. Here are some of the ways I’ve tried to combat the happiness mandate. How do you experience the happiness dictatorship, lemme know!