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Train Your Brain for Happiness

Optimism is a hopeful, positive outlook on the future, yourself, and the world around you. It is a key part of resilience, the inner strength that helps you get through tough times. By definition, optimism helps you see, feel, and think positively. ... You don't have to be a "born optimist" to use the power of optimism.

Do you tend to see the positive, even in tough situations? Or do you immediately assume the worst and focus on the negative? Do you practice altruism, compassion, and empathy? Or are you distrustful, misanthropic, and cynical? When it comes to our worldview, most people fall into one of two categories: optimist or pessimist.  And, […]

8 time management tips to make life easier

Learning how to manage time effectively is an important skill for students to master. But many students struggle with finding the time to complete all their assignments, leading to overwhelming feelings of stress and frustration. To help, we’ve created a list of time management strategies for students of all ages to help students (and their parents) put the days of last-minute project panic and school stress behind them.

As a teen, having time management tips and strategies is a critical life skill that can help you feel more confident in your day-to-day decisions. Just think of how you manage your time in any given week, from planning your meals, to scheduling outings with friends, to making time to watch your favorite TV show. […]

Why do people cut themselves? Understanding teen self-harm

Self-harm can cover a range of things that people do to themselves in a deliberate and harmful way. Although cutting is the most common form of self- harm, other methods include head banging, hair pulling, burning and scalding, biting, scratching, stabbing, breaking bones, swallowing objects, self-poisoning and overdosing. By injuring themselves, children and young people are asserting a form of self- control on their life which they feel is otherwise chaotic and meaningless. Self-harm is a way of coping and of channelling frustration and other strong emotions. In the vast majority of cases, it is not a suicide attempt, but rather a way to let off steam.

Many teens struggle with anxiety and depression.  Some turn to self-harm to deal with their intense feelings. Self-harm and self-injury describe a group of behaviors in which you deliberately hurt yourself — not as a suicide attempt, but as a way to release painful emotions.  Cutting is one of the most common ways that teens […]

The 5 Most Important Ways Parents Can Support LGBTQ+ Youth

LGBT is an acronym meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The term sometimes is extended to LGBTQ, or even LGBTQIA, to include queer, intersex and asexual groups. Queer is an umbrella term for non-straight people; intersex refers to those whose sex is not clearly defined because of genetic, hormonal or biological differences; and asexual describes those who don't experience sexual attraction.

All teens face issues like academic pressure, personal identity issues, and tricky relationships — friendships, romance, frenemies, parents, siblings. Adolescents and teens who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQ+) face these issues, as well as an added slew of challenges. Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ teens are challenged by concerns like […]

Eating Disorders: Signs, Symptoms, and Tips for Managing ED

eating disorders can affect adolescents, teens, and young adults

Weight obsession affects millions of teenagers today, especially girls. Gen Z faces an onslaught of body image messages from peers, social media influencers, mass media, and even clothing store mannequins that depict an “ideal” version of what the ideal body should look like.  So, it’s no wonder that according to a 2009 Youth Risk Behavior […]

12 Ways to Deal With Loneliness During Social Isolation

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There’s no sugarcoating it: it’s a stressful time to be alive. Every time we glance at the TV, scroll our social media feeds, or even check our emails, we’re seeing constant reminders of the global pandemic. After spending a year in isolation and lockdown, it’s no wonder that everyone’s anxiety is at an all-time high! […]

My pet died. How can I feel better?

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Most pet owners accept their new pet into their home as an addition to the family. When you brought Fido into the house for the first time as a puppy, you welcomed him into your heart and family. This created a special bond between your pet and the entire family, reinforced by all the playtime […]

My parents are getting a divorce. What now?

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Divorces are a tricky thing to deal with as a teen. The end of your parents’ marriage can leave you feeling like your world is crumbling. Some divorces are mutual and friendly, but other times they can be nasty and ugly to watch unfold.  No matter what kind of divorce your parents are having, you […]

How to Deal with Stress During Finals Season

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Stress is never a great thing to have to deal with and unfortunately, during your finals, you will have to manage quite a lot of it.  The constant pressure to excel at school and get good grades only increases in intensity as we get closer and closer to those all-important final exams. It’s only natural […]

5 Ways to Know Your Feelings Better

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Do you sometimes get overwhelmed with feelings that you just can’t wrap your head around?  Don’t worry. This is extremely common in everyone’s teenage years! After we reach adolescence, growing up can be one of the most confusing times of our lives. You’ve got an overload of new things to learn, your body is going […]

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