Young people feel emotions deeply from the high of a new romantic relationship to the low of a being bullied by other students but they often misunderstand their own feelings. This series allows readers to explore the origins of their emotions, both positive and negative. It helps young people to understand why they feel the way they do. Each book teaches readers about a different emotion, exploring the science behind their feelings and how they can learn from their emotions.
Cindy Croft, M.A.Ed Director of the Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University
* These books provide a multifaceted overview of common emotions, offering explanations that are always informative and never heavy-handed or obvious. * The books make effective use of fictional stories that give a human face to the emotions. * Readers also learn about the physical symptoms that can result from feelings and about what is happening in the brain. * A discussion of how even the most negative emotions can play a positive role will be enlightening. * Graphics help visual learners conceptualize abstract ideas. For instance, a "Stress meter" shows the levels of anxiety on a barometer from "coping" to "stressed" to "anxiety attack." * Activity suggestions, such as drawing a neuron, are as top-notch as the rest of the content. * Strong offerings.
Anger is an emotional response to something that threatens your well-being in some way. Too much anger can damage your body. It can hurt your relationships with others, and it can make you unhappy and miserable. But anger can also be a powerful source of energy that pushes you toward a happier life. It's a signal that something is wrong. It tells you to pay attention--and then take action. So next time you feel angry, stop and pay attention--then use an anger-management tool to channel your angry feelings in positive ways. Let your anger empower you to change the world. Discover how inside this book!
What can embarrassment, shame, and guilt teach you? These are all normal, human emotions. We've all felt them at one time or another. We feel embarrassment when we're uncomfortable about something we've done in front of other people. Shame is worse; it's what makes us feel like we are bad or worthless people. Guilt is the emotion we feel when we feel sorry that we did something specific, like telling a lie or hurting a friend. These emotions are no fun to feel--but they can help you understand both yourself and the world around you a little better. The more you learn about these feelings, the better you'll be able to handle life. Find out more inside this book!
Let your emotions teach you something new about yourself. Our emotions are the feelings inside our minds that come and go. Sometimes we feel happy, and sometimes we feel sad; sometimes we feel angry, sometimes we're scared, and sometimes we're bored. Positive emotions--like joy and excitement--give us the energy we need to be creative and do amazing things. Negative feelings--like grief and anger--aren't all bad either. They can teach us to stay away from things that might hurt us. Scientists are exploring the connections between our emotions, our brains, and the rest of our bodies. They know that emotions are important. The more you learn about them, the more you'll be able to use them to help you manage your entire life better. Discover more within this book!
Become a more compassionate person--and make the world a better place. Empathy is the ability to sense other people's emotions. People with empathy are able to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. They recognize and understand another's suffering. People who are compassionate, go a step further: they take action. Compassion changes the world. And it can change you as well. When you reach out to others, you not only help them; you also increase your own well-being. Researchers have found that connecting with others in a meaningful way makes you healthier, both mentally and physically. Compassion may even make you live longer. Discover ways to build your empathy and compassion!
Stop making yourself miserable! Envy and jealousy are both unpleasant emotions. We feel rotten when we have these feelings. But they're also perfectly normal human emotions. We all feel envious and jealous sometimes. Scientists tell us that all our emotions trigger responses inside our bodies and minds. We can learn a lot from those responses. Envy and jealousy could be signs that we need to pay attention to something that's going on in our lives. We may need to make some changes. We don't have to let these feelings control us and make us miserable! Instead, we can learn from them--and take action. Find out how inside this book!
What makes you anxious? Both fear and anxiety are normal, human emotions. Small doses of them help people stay safe, healthy, and happy, although bigger doses can get in the way of normal daily activities and happiness. Healthy amounts of fear and anxiety are just two of the many, many emotions we all have every day. The more you know about fear and anxiety, the more you'll be able to understand why you feel the way you do. You can begin to learn how to deal with your feelings when they start to get out of control. Understanding your emotions is a lifelong job. Find out how to get started by reading this book!
Get ready to be happy! Things that happen outside you can trigger feelings of happiness. When that happens, it changes something inside your body. Those inside changes are what create the happy feeling you experience. Happiness is a good teacher. You can learn a lot from it. You can also learn to control it. When you're not feeling happy, it's easy to blame the world around you. You probably feel as though there's nothing you can do to change the situation. But that's not what scientists say. Research shows you have a lot to say about how happy you are. Discover how!
Discover how you can use loneliness to improve your life. Everyone feels lonely sometimes. Sometimes the feeling comes from being truly alone, but it has more to do with feeling alone, unconnected to other human beings. No one likes to feel lonely, but researchers have found that loneliness can actually help us to be better people. It makes us reach out to others. We don't like the way it feels, and so we form connections with other human beings--and these connections help make our world happier, safer, and more satisfying for us all. You'll find out more inside this book!
Discover the path to self-confidence and optimism. Optimists are people who believe that the world is basically a good place where good things happen more often than not. When things go wrong, optimists believe that everything will work out all right in the end. They're full of hope. Optimists also are more likely to have self-confidence. They believe in themselves. People who are optimistic and self-confident feel happier in general. They're less likely to be depressed. It may seem like they're lucky. But emotions like optimism and self-confidence aren't merely good luck. Researchers have found that there are things you can do to make yourself more optimistic and self-confident. Find out what they are inside this book!
Discover what you can learn from romantic attraction. When we feel romantic attraction, we want to be closer to another person, both physically and emotionally. Romantic attraction has a powerful effect on our bodies and brains. It floods us with chemicals that are designed to make us connect with other people in very special ways. Romantic relationships are more than just sexual feelings. They are opportunities to get to know others--and at the same time, learn about ourselves. They teach us to see outside ourselves. They can build our self-esteem and confidence. They help us grow up and get ready for lifelong commitments. And that's just the beginning--find out more inside this book!
Learn from your sad feelings. We all feel sad sometimes. Maybe your best friend moved away. Maybe you failed to do as well as you had hoped at something. Maybe it's just one of those gray days when everything seems sad! Those sad feelings come from chemical reactions inside your brain. They may not feel very pleasant--but all your emotions, including sadness, are actually designed to help you. Find out what triggers sadness and why. Discover how you can cope with sadness--and what you can learn from it.
Stress is a normal and natural part of life. We all experience it. When we do, we often speak of feeling "tense," as though we can't relax. We feel nervous. We may get upset easily. Life seems to be coming at us too fast. There's just too much of it! Our emotions feel overwhelmed. Stress and tension put strain on your mind and body--but you don't have to let stress get you down. Look inside this book to find out what you can do to cope when life seems like too much to handle!
Discover how to cope with life's surprises. Some people like to be surprised. They find it funny or exciting or simply interesting. They may seek out experiences where they're likely to encounter the unexpected. Other people, however, are uncomfortable with surprise. It may make them feel anxious or stressed. Psychologists say that people who are comfortable with surprise are more emotionally flexible than people who aren't. When life takes them by surprise, they cope without becoming upset. You can learn to be more flexible. Each time you're confronted with a surprise, tell yourself, "This is an opportunity, a chance to be curious, to be creative, to think about things differently, to accept something new." Find out more inside this book!
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