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Five Tips for Developing a Positive Body Image

With every glossy magazine cover, every network reality show episode, every emerging new pop artist, the average teen’s body image takes a hit. Consider the following statistics from the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and USA Today.

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Top Stressors for Teens — and How to Handle Them

Stress is a top cause of health, psychological and relationship troubles. And while stress often is considered an adult issue, the truth is that it affects teenagers, too. In fact, according to the latest Stress in America survey from the Washington, D.C.-based American Psychological Association, more than a quarter of teenagers (27 percent) say they experience extreme stress during the school year, and 34 percent expect their stress will increase in the coming year. Summertime doesn’t mean teens are free and clear – 13 percent of the survey respondents said they also suffer stress over the three-month break.

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5 Teen Service Projects that Rocked Their Communities

Spring Break is just around the corner and summertime will be here before you know it. Both are great opportunities to contribute to your community and get a bit of a competitive edge to help meet your college and career goals. Volunteer service shows that you have initiative, a sense of responsibility and a willingness to go above and beyond expectations — all qualities that will help to set you apart from others when vying for a spot in your chosen college or competing for a new job position.

But don’t let your community spirit last only throughout the break. Truly impressive service calls for long-term commitment or unique societal problem solving.

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Safe Dating Tips for Teens on Valentine’s Day and Every Day

In the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, all the talk is of romance. Whether you’re alone and wishing for companionship or enthralled with a new paramour, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the hype and make a dating decision that you’ll ultimately regret. Project SOS offers these tips for dating safely and sensibly.

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Get SMART About New Year’s Resolutions

It’s official – 2015 has begun. And if you’re smart about making and keeping your resolutions, you can totally rock this New Year! Here are a few tips from Project SOS:

Get “SMART”

Let’s face it – most people have a pretty rotten record when it comes to keeping New Year’s resolutions. That’s because the resolutions they choose are not SMART – Specific and simple; measurable, accountable, realistic and time-based. Success is all in the approach, so make sure your goals and plan fit these requirements.

Once you’ve mastered the SMART goals approach, try your hand at these:

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10 Tips to Make the Holidays More Meaningful

At its core, the Christmas and Hanukkah season is about sharing time with loved ones and reflecting on the year behind you while excitedly planning for all the New Year has to offer. But in the midst of all the twinkling lights, colorful decorations, holiday parties and frenzied shoppers, it’s easy to get caught up in the sheer commercialization and stress that dominate this time of year. To help you keep the true reason for the season in focus, Project SOS offers these 10 tips to make the holidays more meaningful for you and those you love.

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Grateful Teens are Happier, Study Shows

It doesn’t take a formal psychological study to know that an attitude of gratitude can make a real difference in all we do and all we become. But we’ve got one anyway, and the results are undeniable. Presented at an annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, results of a four-year study prove that teens who are grateful also are happier, more hopeful and well-behaved at school.

“More gratitude may be precisely what our society needs to raise a generation that is ready to make a difference in the world,” said study researcher Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California State University.

Here’s how the study played out. Researchers followed 700 kids ages 10 to 14 over a period of four years, interviewing or surveying them periodically. At the four-year mark, final reviews showed that the most grateful teens…

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Tips To Help You Happily Be Yourself

carvedpumpkinfaceHalloween is just around the corner. No doubt, you and your friends are busily planning your scary/funny/creative costumes. Oh, if only October 31st was the only day we donned masks that hide our identities. The fact is that bowing to peer pressure forces teens to play parts that are contrary to their true selves. Project SOS offers these tips for ditching the socially contrived disguises and boldly being yourself despite the pressures of your peers.

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Three Top Pieces of Advice Adults Wish They’d Heeded as Teens

If you’re like most teenagers in America today, the adults in your life, from parents to teachers to counselors to youth pastors to your crotchety old neighbor lady, are full of advice — boring, nonsensical, eyeball roll-inducing advice, and lots of it. While it may seem a drag to hear advice that you’re sure you’ll never actually need, remember that the adults you love all were your age once, too, and likely felt the same way when one of their elders said, “trust me…”

So, on the off chance that you really WILL need it one day, Project SOS presents three top tips to which your folks undoubtedly wish they’d paid attention all those years ago.

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