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Health Information For Teens
Everyone can benefit from making an effort to practice gratitude every day. These 3 steps can help you start feeling more grateful, and appreciative of the good things in your life:
Start to notice and identify the things you are grateful for. Tune in to the small everyday details of your life and notice the good things you might sometimes take for granted.
Try these ideas:
Once you’re aware of the blessings of everyday life, the next step is to savor them.
There are moments when you naturally, right then and there, feel filled with gratitude. These are moments when you say to yourself, “Oh, wow, this is amazing!” or “How great is this!”
Pause. Notice and absorb that feeling of true, genuine gratitude. Let it sink in. Soak it up. Savor your blessings in the moment they happen.
Expressing gratitude is more than courtesy, manners, or being polite. It’s about showing your heartfelt appreciation. When you thank someone, you’re also practicing the first two gratitude skills: you’ve noticed something good, and you’ve genuinely appreciated it.
True gratitude doesn’t leave you feeling like you owe other people something — after all, if you’ve done someone a favor, you probably don’t want the person to feel like you expect something back in return. It’s all about feeling good and creating a cycle of good.
Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change lives, including your own. Get ideas on things you can do and tips on getting started in this article for teens.
Choosing your mood means being in control of it instead of feeling like it’s controlling you. Here are tips on how to create the right mood to help you succeed at what you’re trying to do.
Gratitude doesn’t just feel good. Focusing on what’s good in our lives can also be good for us. Find out how in this article for teens.
Feeling grateful for what we have (instead of obsessing about what we don’t) can help us get more out of life. This worksheet is designed to get you thinking about gratitude.
Optimists see the good in things — and science has discovered that optimists can do better in life. The good news is, even pessimists can be more optimistic. Find out how.
Emotional awareness (knowing what we feel and why) helps us learn about ourselves and build good relationships. Here are 5 ways to get more in touch with your emotions.
Just as IQ is a way of being academically smart, emotional intelligence (EQ) is a way of being people-smart. But unlike IQ, we can work on improving our EQ. Here are some tips.
Emotions help us relate to other people, know what we want, and make choices. Even “negative” emotions are useful. Find out how to understand emotions and use them effectively.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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