The Positivity Workbook for Teens
Skills to Help You Increase Optimism, Resilience, and a Growth Mindset
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: Instant Help
Discover the secret to positivity by tapping into your inner strengths!
As a teen, your brain is changing every day. You’re more aware of the challenges and difficulties of life. You’re questioning everything. And you can tell when grownups are being fake or dishonest. All of these sudden realizations can be overwhelming, and as a result, you may fall into a “negativity trap.” And while there’s nothing wrong with a little sarcasm or skepticism—after a while, negative thoughts have a way of turning inward, causing stress, damaging your self-esteem, and crushing your confidence. So, how can you start building the real positivity you need to be happy, healthy, and in control of your life?
You only need to look inside yourself.
In this unique workbook, you’ll learn to tap into the power of your own character strengths—such as bravery, creativity, being a good friend, perseverance, honesty, and more—in order to build self-confidence, boost a positive attitude, and cope with the inevitable stress of life. You’ll also find out how to spot strengths in those around you, such as friends, family, teachers, and more. Finally, you’ll discover how your own character strengths can help bolster your engagement in life, enhance positive and healthy relationships, give your life greater meaning, increase your accomplishments, and even improve your physical health.
This isn’t a workbook to help you be sunny and happy for the benefit of others. It’s not a workbook to help you ignore the difficulties and injustices of our world. What it is is a toolkit for finding your own inner strengths and using those strengths to be your very best. Imagine all you can accomplish with the power of real positivity—both for yourself and the world!
“The Positivity Workbook for Teens provides a treasure trove of activities for teens to learn about who they are at their best! This book shows teens how to use their strengths to thrive in the good times, navigate the bad times, and work on areas they want to improve. It is practical, relatable, doable, and, most importantly, it’s uplifting. The teen years are fraught with self-doubt and stress—this book offers an antidote. I highly recommend it for all teachers, parents, and teens.”~Lea Waters, PhD
—Lea Waters, PhD, leading global figure in strengths and parenting, psychology researcher at the University of Melbourne, and author of The Strength Switch
“The Positivity Workbook for Teens is a timely guide through the best of positive psychology. This book teaches essential skills in building resilience, and increasing happiness and well-being. By learning to know and use their character strengths, teens embark on a journey of self-development and personal growth. This workbook is an excellent resource for anyone working with teens to teach them positive skills to protect and build their well-being.”~Carmel Proctor, PhD
—Carmel Proctor, PhD, psychologist and psychotherapist, director of the Positive Psychology Research Centre (PPRC), and coauthor of Strengths Gym
“This book is packed with an abundance of powerful, research-backed tools to help teens take immediate action to improve their resilience, relationships, and their joy in life. I’ll be recommending this to the parents and teens that I work with!”~Rachelle Plummer, PsyD
—Rachelle Plummer, PsyD, child psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
“With its focus on the particular challenges of teens, this workbook addresses a glaring gap in the positive psychology literature. The examples are highly compelling and timely, the writing style is engaging and accessible, and the many hands-on activities will foster insight and empower teens to create their own happiness.”~Jaime Kurtz, PhD
—Jaime Kurtz, PhD, professor of psychology at James Madison University, and author of The Happy Traveler
“Chapter by chapter—with inspiring quotations, pithy explanations, and practical exercises—Goali Saedi Bocci and Ryan Niemiec outline what young people can do to live life to the fullest. As a researcher, an educator, and a father of teenage boys, the far-reaching benefits of this book were immediately evident to me. It brims with the artfulness and experience required to make positive psychology exciting and accessible for young people.”~Roger Bretherton, PsyD
—Roger Bretherton, PsyD, associate professor of psychology at the University of Lincoln, UK
“We all know that happiness can be learned. However, it is not learned in one go; some work is certainly required. The Positivity Workbook for Teens invites teens to invest in their greatest treasure—themselves—by working through many user-friendly and engaging activities. A real gem!”~Ilona Boniwell, PhD
—Ilona Boniwell, PhD, CEO of Positran; professor; MAPP strategic program leader at Anglia Ruskin University; and author of seven books and many tangible tools, including Strengths Cards