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Unhealthful risk taking such as using tobacco alcohol

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Unhealthful risk-taking, such as using tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs; reckless driving; and gang affiliation, can be dangerous. Refuse to participate in such behavior. Keep in mind the aspects of your identity, such as your values, that you are trying to uphold. Self-Esteem and Positive Outlook hen you have a healthy identity, you will experience W increased self-esteem and a higher level of mental/ emotional health. Self-esteem comes from the understanding that you are a unique and valuable human being. How you feel men- tally and physically and how you take care of yourself are all affected by what you think of yourself. Teens with high self-esteem are in a strong position to meet the challenges of adult life. Along with self-esteem, having a positive outlook is also directly related to your general level of wellness. Studies have shown that people with a positive out- look live longer and are healthier, both mentally and physically. Remind yourself that no matter what happens, there is always hope. Then, when something goes wrong, make a plan to address the problem. Try to see chal- lenges as opportunities for growing and learning. 182 Chapter 7 Achieving Good Mental Health think of appropriate ways to share your positive attributes. engage in behaviors that will promote your health. take responsibility for their behavior. generally have a positive outlook on life. like and accept who they are overall. try to learn from their successes as well as from their mistakes. build and maintain healthy relationships. People with high self-esteem: Working Toward High Self-Esteem To improve self-esteem: Teens find many ways to contribute to their community, including building houses for the homeless. How does helping others contribute to a positive identity? HS_HEALTH_U03_C7_L2 12/6/03 8:54 AM Page 182
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Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 1. Define personal identity . List five elements that contribute to one’s personal identity. 2. Name three of the positive values listed as developmental assets. 3. List three strategies for building a positive identity. Thinking Critically 4. Synthesizing. Why do you think developmental assets increase the likelihood that a person will not engage in risk behaviors? 5. Analyzing. Describe how positive identity and high self-esteem can help you with goal setting, developing relationships, and contributing to your community. S P R E A D S H E E T S Using a spreadsheet can help you organize a list. To learn more about how to use a spreadsheet, see . Lesson 2 Developing a Positive Identity 183 Realistic Patterns of Thinking In order to increase your self-esteem and develop a positive out- look on life, it is essential to see events realistically. Some people fall into a pattern of seeing events as worse than they actually are.
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