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Optimism

Before you keep reading, take a moment to think about some of the things that happened to you today. Even better, grab a pen and write down a few specific events. So what did you come up with? Was it mostly positive stuff like: “My day’s going great! My grandmother made me pancakes for breakfast. […]

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Should I Send My Boyfriend Naked Pictures?

My boyfriend wants me to send him naked pictures. What do I do? – Em* Well done for asking yourself this question. It shows good judgment to stop and think about the possible downsides of a situation. In fact, you’re probably asking because your gut is telling you it’s not a good idea. Trust your instincts. Sharing pictures […]

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5 Ways To Cope With Loss

Grief happens to us all. Time is a good healer, but it can help to acknowledge grief and take steps to heal. Here are 5 ideas that might help you cope when someone you love has died: Join in rituals. Memorial services, funerals, and other traditions help people get through the first few days and honor […]

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5 Ways To Beat Pre-Performance Nerves

Lots of people stress out about talking in front of the class or getting laughed at if they make a mistake in front of an audience. Feeling nervous before a performance is part of your body’s way of helping you do your best. The “stress hormones” (like adrenaline) that your body produces at times like […]

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What It Means To Be A Friend

Acts of Friendship For Ashley, it was like this: She was sitting with a big group in the school lunchroom when she accidentally knocked her drink onto her lap. As word spread that it looked like Ashley had wet herself, the laughter began to mount. Then she noticed her best friend doing something strange. “She […]

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Abuse

What Is Abuse? Amy’s finger was so swollen that she couldn’t get her ring off. She didn’t think her finger was broken because she could still bend it. It had been a week since her dad shoved her into the wall, but her finger still hurt a lot. Amy hated the way her dad called […]

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5 Ways to Respectfully Disagree

It’s easier to agree than disagree. But we can learn a lot from conversations where we don’t see eye to eye — if we can listen and talk rationally, that is. Unfortunately, many us either shy away completely from disagreements or lose it when things don’t go our way. These 5 tips can help keep […]

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Getting Over A Breakup

If you’ve just had a break-up and are feeling down, you’re not alone. Just about everyone experiences a break-up at some point, and many then have to deal with heartbreak — a wave of grief, anger, confusion, low self-esteem, and maybe even jealousy all at once. Millions of poems and songs have been written about […]

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Protect Your Online Identity & Reputation

Ashley is a high-school junior in Illinois. She’s very careful about the information, pictures, and comments she sends and posts — even though her profile is set to private. She knows that nothing is ever really private online. “I know teens who have gotten kicked off their sports teams because of pictures and inappropriate material […]

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Apologizing

Maisie spilled soda on her friend’s borrowed dress. Aiden tweeted a photo when Tafweez tripped over his crush’s bag and landed in her lap. Tasha dropped her mom’s favorite plate — then responded by yelling at her mom because she was so upset at her mistake. We all mess up. We’re human, and it’s not […]

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