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Finding Thankfulness

It isn’t easy to be a teenager, no matter what anyone says!  Every so often, though, you can get caught up in the negativity and stress, and before you know it, you can’t see beyond the end of your nose.  Allow us to elaborate:

My mom won’t let me go out with my friends.

But you have to admit that your mom knows what’s best for you, and deep down, you know she’s probably got a good reason for her rules.  Be thankful you got a good mom who cares about you.

I’m the only kid in my class without a cell phone.

You may not have a cell phone, but you probably got a roof over your head, enough food to stay healthy, and people who love you.  Don’t stress on the things you don’t have; be thankful for all the things you do have.

Me and my friend are in a fight.

Any great friendship is likely to weather through some rough patches.  Work on fixing things between you and your friend and try not to dwell on the hurt feelings.  Be thankful for all the friendships you’ve got.

Dad’s always telling me what to do.

That’s what good parents do: they make sure you do your chores.  If you don’t learn to work, you’re going to face a tough future—the slightest tasks will seem impossible!  Be thankful for those (sometimes annoying) skills you learn at home.

I like a boy who doesn’t like me back.

But you were courageous enough to find out how he felt.  It feels miserable now, but challenging interactions with other kids can boost your self-esteem and teach you how to communicate in tough situations.  Be thankful for those hard-learned lessons.

My life just stinks in general

Actually, most American kids get enough food, have doctors, can read and write, live with a loving family, and don’t have to worry about warfare, disease, or starvation.  Take a step back and look at your life again from a broader scope. Be thankful for your life in general and always stay hopeful!

Focusing on thankfulness throughout your day will boost your mood. Being grateful will help you feel better about yourself, your life, your family ​and your situations. Remember,

“It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.”

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