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What is materialism?

Happiness is something that we all seek, and we seek it in different ways. When people turn to buying or getting things to make them happy, that is known as materialism. Young people often get caught up in materialism. They believe that external things such as fashion, video games, cell phones, and other latest popular thing makes them feel happy or make other people like them. They feel pressured to fit in.

Other reasons why young people may be materialistic include having materialistic older ones, including parents. Their parents may have given them the message that success is determined by the money or possessions one has. We live in a materialistic culture.

So, what is wrong with being materialistic?

The problem with materialism is that it never brings happiness. Instead, it will lead you to want more, leaving you with the feeling of dissatisfaction. You may be happy to get what you want, but that happiness will be short-lived. When your happiness goes, you will want something else. You find yourself in an endless pursuit of happiness. This can make teenagers feel stressed and act desperate while engaging in unwanted, destructive, or anti-social behaviors.

If materialism does not bring happiness, what does?

  • Take time to appreciate what you have in life. #GREAT

  • Developing connections with others.

  • Learning ways to become a better version of yourself.

What is bullying?

Bullying may seem obvious, which is picking on other people. However, bullying can come in different forms. Many teenagers often cannot recognize when they are being bullied.

What are the different forms of bullying?

  • Physical bullying: Harassing others physically through hitting, pushing, and tripping.

  • Verbal bullying: Teasing and taunting.

  • Psychological bullying: Gossiping about others or excluding them from making them feel bad about themselves.

  • Cyberbullying: Posting information (comments, images, or videos) to humiliate others.

What should I do if I am being bullied?

It is important to seek help as bullying can lead to well-being issues, such as loss of confidence, stress, depression, and even suicide.

  1. Believe you deserve better.

  2. Say no to bullying.

  3. Act brave and talk to an adult you trust about your situation. Find a parent, teacher, counselor, or coach to who you can talk. Report the bully!

What is peer pressure?

Peers are people who share things in common with you. They may be in your age group or have similar experiences or interests. Peer pressure occurs when your peers pressure you to do something you are not comfortable doing.

Why is it so difficult to stand up to peer pressure?

Peer pressure can be difficult to resist. This is especially true with young people. This is because you want to be accepted by your peers and have their approval. Believe that you have a choice. You can do and live without unhelpful friends no matter how much you believe you like them and enjoy their company.

What can I do to stand up to peer pressure?

You need to do what is right for you. After all, you are the one that will have to live with the consequences.

  1. Be honest with yourself.

  2. Be assertive

  3. Practice saying “no.”

Practice responses that you could give when faced with difficult situations. This will prepare you for when a situation arises.

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