/ Jul 16, 2019

Strategies to Help Teens Feel Happier


Adolescence is an exciting time of life that also has its fair share of challenges. Young people are struggling to answer the developmental question, “Who am I?” Many teens experience more anxiety today than in the past. A constant stream of photos, comments, likes and dislikes on social media, can create an impossible drive to be perfect – to have the just-right hair, to get the highest grades, to have the most picture-perfect life.

Parents play an essential role in supporting the emotional well-being of their children. Consider these five strategies from Greater Good that parents can use right now to help teens feel happier and better about themselves. One potentially surprising idea may be the proven healing power of teens helping others. 

You can read “Five Ways to Help Teens Feel Good About Themselves” here.

Greater Good is the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

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Teens are happier when they help others.

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