The stories that we tell ourselves and the thoughts in our head can have a profound effect on our happiness and overall well-being. Every action begins with a thought. Our choices have both positive and negative consequences, so if we take time to think clearly and align our choices with our personal values, we are more likely to make wise choices that we will be proud of.
One life choice that requires considerable effort is paying attention and staying engaged in learning. Practicing mental focus strategies (e.g., eliminate distractions, avoid multitasking, take breaks) can make learning more enjoyable and rewarding. Another life choice is reframing our thinking away from shame. More extreme than embarrassment or guilt, shame can make us think that we are inferior or worthless. Developing resilience and changing the stories that we tell ourselves can improve our self-image and improve our life choices. A major life choice is commiting to a drug-free lifestyle. Drugs, alcohol, and other addictive substances can have extreme or even tragic effects on us.
Movie Night. Watch a favorite family film together. Discuss the choices and consequences (the results of their actions) that the main character experiences.
Home Makeover. Discuss where your student focuses best in your house when they read or do homework. Design a space away from distractions (e.g., screens) that encourages deep thinking or “flow.”