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Must read books for teenagers – Part I

Not everyone loves to read, but there are few books that are simply unavoidable and has a meaning too

Books have an amazing capability to take us to different worlds through the eyes of its main character. Soon their experiences start to feel real as we read on to see what happens next. Some books can leave you in total awe while some can inspire you. Here is a list of books that continue to have an impact on teenagers with their messages.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Beautifully written, this book is about trying to live your life to the fullest especially when the time is limited. It also helps us to realise how we take important things in life for granted.

John Green is an American author. He has penned down books like Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines and The Fault in Our Stars.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

This is the debut novel of the author Emily X.R. Pan has written one of the best books about grief after the loss of a loved one.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

This is the story of Annabel, who is considered as one of those lucky few who have it all. However, a life-changing event causes Annabel to lose all her friends before her senior year, making her a loner in one of the biggest years of her life. However, someone new comes to town and gives her the chance to finally share her side of the story.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

An eye-opener about how drug use can change the life of a person and those around them. It surely is one of the most realistic portrayals of addiction that keeps you curious to find out what happens next.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A captivating novel that takes brutality and racial injustice into consideration. This book continues to break records since its initial release.

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This book has Craig Gilner, 15, as its main character. Craig is an overachiever from a privileged background. This book illustrates how mental health can take a toll on your life. It's real, honest, raw and continues to be relevant even today.

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Healthy Personality development to enjoy life

Healthy personality is a way for a person to act, guided by intelligence and respect for life, so that his personal needs are satisfied

Personality development starts in early childhood and is a determining factor in how you live your entire life. If you have good outlook on life and have been blessed with favourable circumstance then it is likely that your personality will be quite good.

Looking at personality as a whole – it involves how you are perceived by others, your mental outlook, how you react to certain situations and what makes you uniquely “You”. Personality development is a lifelong learning cycle. Your personality improves depending on your mental wellbeing. If you are sour or feeling down then no doubt people will resent being around you.

When we say that someone has a "good personality" we mean that they are likeable, interesting and pleasant to be with. While we can only enhance our looks to a certain extent, we have the ability to improve the personality as much as we want. We can develop or integrate into our personalities any trait we deem fitting and agreeable.

Here are seven ways to make a healthy personality:

Be yourself: Moulding yourself in order to fit in, or be accepted, usually backfires. Since each of us is unique, expressing that uniqueness is what makes us interesting.

Have a positive outlook and attitude:  Do it by looking for the best in people and things. Smile warmly, spread good cheer, and enlighten others with your presence.

Treat people with respect: Being honest and true to your word will bring you the admiration, respect and gratitude of others.

Meet New People: It not only exposes you to different cultures and alternative ways of doing things, but broadens your horizons.

Read more and expand your interests: The more you read and cultivate new interests, the more interesting you are to others. When you meet new people it gives you the opportunity to share what you know and to exchange your views with them.

Stay calm in a stressful situation: If you are in a tense situation, try to remain relaxed and see what you can do to resolve the situation. Don’t start yelling and screaming – that’s not going to fix anything.

Make an opinion: Don’t be terrified about your opinions; just be well-informed and willing to change your mind. Don’t be afraid to ask others their views and share your own.

If a person displays a healthy personality, it indicates that he or she is in good mental health and can be trusted to conduct themselves in a respectable manner and set good examples to follow. The greatest plus point about having a healthy personality is that it allows for a fulfilling and meaningful life.

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