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Three Tips for Teens to Find Meaning, Purpose, and Value in Life

Three Tips for Teens to Find Meaning, Purpose, and Value in Life

Spiritual health doesn’t have to be directly related to religion. Spiritual health can be as simple as connecting to anything that gives meaning, purpose, and value to life. For some, religious beliefs may guide them. For others, they find these things in different ways. Then, there are those who can’t find meaning, purpose, and value. Maybe this is a primary reason why suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24. The death of a teen is tragic. Here are three tips for teens to find meaning, purpose, and value in life.

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Know Where You Want to Go

I love the story of Alice in Wonderland. My favorite part is when Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, “Which road should I take?”

The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”

Alice responded, “I don’t know.”

“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”

If you don’t know where you are going (goals, dreams, ambitions), then the steps you need to get there don’t matter. Knowing where you want to go gives you a purpose. Additionally, direction gives a teen a sense of meaning and value in life, pursuing something worth achieving.

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Photo via Chris Jenkins Photography (My son, Kobi, has the red shirt.)

Surround Yourself with Good Friends and Mentors

Positive influences can increase a teen’s self-esteem and well-being. In contrast, negative influences can decrease a teen’s  self-esteem and well-being. When a teen has positive self-esteem, that teen finds value in his/her self and therefore, value in life. Mentors and friends can help a teen find his/her purpose and meaning. Additionally, positive influences help teens strive for a higher outlook on life.

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Love Yourself

Love yourself may sound like a silly recommendation. After all, teens are egocentric by nature. Therefore, teens naturally focus on themselves and what others think of them. Egocentric doesn’t mean that teens love themselves. Often teens focus on what others think of them and are their own biggest critic. We all have to accept that we are not perfect by nature. During the teenage years, teens experiment, trying to “find” themselves. If teens love themselves with their strengths and day by day work on their weaknesses, they will have a healthy self-esteem. It’ll be harder for outside influences to tear them down. With high self-esteem, teens will find self-worth and additionally, meaning, purpose, and value in life.

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In summary, teens, know where you want to go, surround yourself with good friends and mentors, and love yourself. These three tips will give you a great foundation to finding meaning, purpose, and value in life.

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Ipuna Black

Ipuna Black

I’m the mother of four children and have worked in the area of pediatrics as a nurse since 2001. A few initials I have accumulated include: PhD in Nursing, MSN in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and RN. My seven-year-old son was hospitalized in 2015 for almost two months with encephalitis and Guillain Barré syndrome. This gave me a deeper perspective on health and wellness for children, and Healthy Kids Play was born. Healthy Kids Play is a child health and wellness blog sharing resources and information to help parents make informed decisions to keep our children healthy and playing. My mission is to help parents, caretakers, educators, and researchers raise healthy kids by sharing resources and information on the multiple influences on child health (physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental). I hope to inspire others to keep our children playing. After all, they are our next generation.
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