With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we often get well-meaning advice from friends, family and neighbours to always stay positive. But the challenge is getting bigger with every passing day and their positive wisdom starts to sound unrealistic. This is because our brains are hard-wired to focus on threats and this survival mechanism has been serving us for millennia. Despite all of the challenges we face on a daily basis, we shouldn’t give in to negativity and pessimism. By maintaining positivity in our daily lives, it will be easier for us to recover and grow once the coronavirus pandemic is neutralised or at least under control.