I heard someone say once that God gave us two ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. In her article, Do this and you'll be the most popular person in the room, Betty Liu asserts that people just want you to listen to them. She states that "listening will help you in almost every aspect of your life" and lists three tips on how to be a better listener. You can find the full article here.
Every teen should read this book. Every adult should probably read it too. It is one of the easiest books I've ever read and one of the most useful too. Author, Andrew Matthews, says that we should play mental movies of ourselves succeeding at things in our head. For example, instead of saying, "I can't speak in public," imagine yourself giving a confident speech. Matthews also explained that we should use positive affirmations like "I will remember my lines," instead of "I will not forget my lines." You can buy the book at Andrew Matthews' website here in either paperback or ebook format.
Alessia Cara performed her song, Here, at the 2015 TEDx Teen Conference. I love her take on the party scene.
Anxiety messes with your head - here's proof.
If you are struggling with mental health issues you are not alone. One in 16 young Australians is currently experiencing depression, one in six is currently experiencing an anxiety condition and one in four currently has a mental health condition (16-24 year olds)*. The Youth Beyond Blue website is a great resource. There is information on many topics such as alcohol, drugs, depression, anxiety self-harm, self-image, suicide prevention, bullying and how to help family and friends who are struggling. There is also an online program you can do called Brave.
*ABS National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007
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