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  • Apologizing

    We all mess up at times. An apology tells someone that we're sorry for the hurt we caused — even if we didn't do it on purpose. But does an apology fix everything? And how should you handle it if someone apologizes to you? Find out here.

  • Assertiveness

    Assertiveness is the ability to speak up for yourself in a way that is honest and respectful. But it doesn't come naturally to everyone. Find out if you're too passive, too aggressive, or just assertive enough.

  • Coping With Cliques

    Are you on the outside looking in or the inside wanting out? Find out how to deal with cliques in this article for teens.

  • Getting Along With Your Teachers

    Teachers can look out for you, guide you, and provide you with an adult perspective. Many are willing to answer questions, offer advice, and help with personal problems.

  • How to Break Up Respectfully

    Breaking up means having an awkward or difficult conversation. Here are some ideas on what to say and how to say it - and why it's best to break up in person.

  • How to Tell When Someone Is Nice: Answers for Teens With Autism

    Spend time with people who are nice to you. Here's how to tell when someone is being nice, or being mean.

  • Peer Pressure

    Responding to peer pressure is part of human nature — but some people are more likely to give in, and others are better able to resist and stand their ground. Find out how to make the right choices for you.

  • Rejection and How to Handle It

    Rejection hurts. But it's impossible to avoid. Life is about going for things. And when we do, rejection is always a possibility.

  • Telling Parents You're Pregnant

    If you just learned you're pregnant, you're not alone. You probably wonder how to tell your parents and how they'll react. Read our article for some tips.

  • Understanding Other People

    Being able to predict how other people might feel, act, or react is a skill that helps us build better relationships. These tips can help you develop the skill of understanding others.

  • What to Say: Answers for Teens With Autism

    Knowing what to say comes naturally for some people, but others need some help. Here’s advice for teens who want to learn how to get along with people.

  • Why Do I Fight With My Parents So Much?

    Part of being a teen is developing your own identity -one that is separate from the identities of your parents. Read about why you and your parents seem to be constantly at odds.

  • Dealing With Bullying

    Bullying has everyone worried, not just the people on its receiving end. Learn about dealing with bullies, including tips on how to stand up for yourself or a friend.

  • Emotional Intelligence

    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.

  • Gratitude

    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.

  • How Can I Improve My Self-Esteem?

    We all have problems with self-esteem at certain times in our lives. Here are some tips that might help.

  • Optimism

    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.

  • Yoga

    Looking for a workout program that's easy to learn, requires little or no equipment, and soothes your soul while toning your body? Read about yoga - and watch our slideshow for some easy poses to try.

  • Yoga for Stress Relief

    Yoga can help reduce stress because it promotes relaxation, which is the natural opposite of stress. These tips for teens can help you tap into yoga's stress-reducing benefits.

  • Yoga: Meditation and Breathing

    Breathing and meditation techniques can have subtle but powerful effects on everything from stress to sports performance. Try these four techniques.

  • 3 Ways to Increase Positive Emotions

    People feel and do their best when they experience at least 3 times as many positive emotions as negative ones. This article offers ideas on how to build these powerful emotions.

  • 3 Ways to Practice Gratitude

    Gratitude doesn't just feel good, it can be good for you. These 3 steps can help you start feeling more appreciative of the good things in your life.

  • Gratitude: A Worksheet

    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.

  • Mindfulness

    Mindfulness helps people do their best at things, whether that's focusing on a task or getting along with others. This article for teens has details on practicing mindfulness so you can make it work for you.

  • Mindfulness Exercises

    Being mindful helps people do better in just about every part of life, like focusing on homework or feeling less stressed out. This article for teens has 5 exercises to practice building mindfulness skills.

  • Positive Emotions: A Worksheet

    Positivity is fun to practice – as well as a great way to learn more about yourself. This worksheet is designed to help you explore 10 common positive emotions.

  • 3 Ways to Increase Positive Emotions

    People feel and do their best when they experience at least 3 times as many positive emotions as negative ones. This article offers ideas on how to build these powerful emotions.

  • Choosing Your Mood

    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.

  • Emotional Intelligence

    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.

  • Gratitude

    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.

  • How Can I Improve My Self-Esteem?

    We all have problems with self-esteem at certain times in our lives. Here are some tips that might help.

  • Managing Your Emotional Reactions

    People who do a good job of managing emotions know that it's healthy to express their feelings, but that it matters how they express them. Get tips in this article for teens.

  • The Power of Positive Emotions

    Scientists are learning that positive emotions have a powerful effect on our brains and bodies, helping us feel, and act, our best. Let this article help you tap into the power of positive emotions.

  • Understanding Other People

    Being able to predict how other people might feel, act, or react is a skill that helps us build better relationships. These tips can help you develop the skill of understanding others.

  • Understanding Your Emotions

    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.

  • Cutting

    It can be hard to understand, but people who cut themselves sometimes do it because it actually makes them feel better. They are overflowing with emotions - like sadness, depression, or anger - that they have trouble expressing.

  • Dealing With Anger

    Do you wonder why you fly off the handle so easily sometimes? Do you wish you knew healthier ways to express yourself when you're steamed? Check out this article for help with dealing with anger.

  • Death and Grief

    If someone close to you has died, you probably feel overwhelmed with grief. Read about some things that might help you cope.

  • Fears and Phobias

    Fear is a normal human reaction that protects us by signaling danger and preparing us to deal with it. Get the facts about fears and phobias and what causes them.

  • How Can I Stop Cutting?

    If you've been cutting and you want to stop, here are some approaches that might help you.

  • How to Tell When Someone Is Nice: Answers for Teens With Autism

    Spend time with people who are nice to you. Here's how to tell when someone is being nice, or being mean.

  • Rejection and How to Handle It

    Rejection hurts. But it's impossible to avoid. Life is about going for things. And when we do, rejection is always a possibility.

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that affects some people and appears at the same time each year.

  • Suicide

    We all feel overwhelmed by difficult emotions or situations sometimes. Here are the warning signs of suicide and ways to get help.

  • Test Anxiety

    Everyone feels a little nervous and stressed before a test. And a touch of nervous anticipation can actually help keep you at peak performance. But for some people, this normal anxiety is more intense.

  • When Depression Is Severe

    Severe depression can cloud a person's thinking and lead some people to think that life isn't worth living. But severe depression can be treated. Find out what to do and how to get help in this article for teens.

  • Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood?

    Because of all the changes taking place in your life, you may feel like you're on an emotional roller coaster. Find out more about bad moods and why you have them.

  • Why Do People Get Depressed?

    There's no one reason why people get depressed - many different things can play a role. Find out more about the things that can trigger depression.

  • 5 Facts About Goal Setting

    Here are 5 practical tips on goal setting that can help make it easier to set and reach goals.

  • Assertiveness

    Assertiveness is the ability to speak up for yourself in a way that is honest and respectful. But it doesn't come naturally to everyone. Find out if you're too passive, too aggressive, or just assertive enough.

  • Extracurricular Activities

    Joining a club or team is a fun way to try new things, meet people, and be active. Learn more about the basics and benefits of getting involved.

  • Motivation and the Power of Not Giving Up

    Everyone struggles with staying motivated and reaching their goals. Just look at how many people diet, lose weight, and then gain it back again. But it's still possible to stay motivated if you take the right approach.

  • Volunteering

    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.

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