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Adolescence is a meaningful and challenging period in life when youth experience many social, physical, and psychological changes; explore their individual identities; and learn how to navigate their social world. Parents, coaches, mentors, and youth practitioners may at times feel overwhelmed and conflicted on how best support teens as they transition from childhood to adulthood.

Research suggests that involvement and support from caring adults is critical during adolescence. Therefore, our aim with this blog is to provide those who care for youth with the latest research on positive youth development and resources that promote adolescent thriving.

While We Wait

By Pam King | November 6, 2020

As Americans await the results of the 2020 elections, Dr. Pam King reflects on the importance of holding onto hope.

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Science Agrees You Need Laughter

By Susan Mangan | October 12, 2020

Research shows that humor can ease stress. Dr. Susan Mangan shares 3 exercises to help us get started.

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Finding Agility through the 5 A’s

By Pam King | September 30, 2020

Part of our journey towards thriving involves agility. Dr. Pam King explains how we can be agile through this 5-step process.

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All Bets are Off: Rethinking the Basics Amid COVID-19

By Pam King | September 7, 2020

How can we carry out our basic needs and still thrive during COVID-19? Dr. Pam King shares 8 ways we can do this.

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Thriving over the Long Haul this Fall

By Pam King | September 3, 2020

Dr. Pam King reviews the elements of thriving and provides tips on how we can pursue a thriving mindset as we approach fall 2020.

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Alleviating Anxiety and Stress in Children during COVID-19

By Leanne Bishara | August 17, 2020

Thrive Fellow, Leanne Bishara and guest blogger, Hannah Ewert continue their discussion on cognitive behavioral treatments to increase relaxation and positive behaviors in kids.

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Anxiety and Stress in Children during COVID-19

By Leanne Bishara | August 11, 2020

Thrive Fellow, Leanne Bishara and guest blogger, Hannah Ewert recommend 3 cognitive behavioral treatments to help regulate kids’ stress.

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Finding Anchoring Rituals in Times like COVID-19

By Esther Tan | July 30, 2020

Thrive Fellow, Esther Tan shares her COVID-19 experience and how anchoring rituals have helped her find resilience.

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5 Joy Competencies to Counter the Effects of Confinement During COVID-19, Pt. 2

By Fred Defoy | July 23, 2020

Thrive Fellow, Fred Defoy discusses spiritual joy and vocational joy as resources to help us thrive in hard times.

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How to Foster Empathy and Compassion in Children during the Pandemic

By Joey Fung | July 20, 2020

Is it possible to cultivate empathy and compassion in kids? Dr. Joey Fung shares 6 ways parents can do this.

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