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The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens: 50 Simple Ways To Build Your Confidence Every Day

176p. New Harbinger. Feb. 2018. pap. $16.95. ISBN 9781626259195.
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Gr 7 Up—As a companion to Schab's 2016 Self-Esteem for Teens: Six Principles for Creating the Life You Want, this offers 50 important and effective ways for teens to make positive changes in their lives. Based on the principles of mindfulness—gratitude, radical acceptance, and being non-judgmental both personally and of others—the book is broken into two parts. The first part addresses instilling positive thoughts, while the second focuses upon positive actions. Each entry begins with a perceptive hypothetical scenario, then introduces an associated positive thought or action to "perceive, believe, and achieve." Helpful step-by-step advice is given each time and a pertinent quote by someone famous enhances each goal. Goals range from dealing with various insecurities, to friendships, to making good choices, to making amends, and to reversing self-harm. Teens can aim for the goals with which they best connect, though the advice can be applied universally.
VERDICT Deftly written, easy to follow and comprehend, and completely on target, this self-help guidebook belongs in every school and public library nonfiction collection serving teens.

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