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Just Feel: How To Be Stronger, Happier, Healthier, and More

Running Pr. Kids. Oct. 2019. 128p. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780762494743.
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Gr 4-8–This companion to the author’s Just Breathe encourages young readers to become more comfortable and aware of their feelings. Divided into three sections—“Know,” “Choose,” and “Take Action”—this accessible book offers short, informational passages and quick exercises with step-by-step instructions. Exercises encourage thoughtful reflection about body awareness, managing uncomfortable emotions, self-esteem, personal identity, and personal responsibility. In addition to meditation and breathing exercises, Chopra recommends writing in a journal, carrying out acts of kindness, making a weekly planner, and creating art. Full-page illustrations break up the text. Chopra urges young readers to reach out to adults when feeling physically or emotionally unsafe and emphasizes that situations are often out of one’s control. This is an excellent tool for tweens to turn to when discussing their feelings with parents or counselors, as well as a resource to use on a day-by-day basis.
VERDICT This engaging guide empowers readers to connect with their emotions and make positive choices.

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