During Red Ribbon Week and throughout the year, teach teens to exchange negative feelings for positive ones. When one expresses anger, give them a few positive emotions to trade the anger in on. Then ask them what that positive emotion looks like, feels like, and how they could make that vision become reality. Read more about mindfulness in this article and have a discussion with the teens in your life during Red Ribbon Week.
“It’s a human tendency to want to have pleasure and want to avoid pain or discomfort,” says University of Washington researcher Sarah Bowen.