In Personal Growth, just as in Personal Well-being, life is a use it or lose-it proposition. The field of gerontology teaches us that if we sit around and stagnate, we age faster. This is true for the mind as well as the body. The world doesn’t stop, so you have to stay up with it. So: Be a life-long learner, be open to personal growth. You can rest when you’re dead 😉
Thandie Newton – Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself.
Charlie Wittmack – Adversity Leads to Personal Growth. TedX UIowa.
WEBSITES, NEWSLETTERS, and PERIODICALS
My Health Magazine. This magazine is a series of online interactive health and wellness programs for young people. Has resources for students and educators.
Everyday Health. Articles, newsletters, and tools to help you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Has information on health apps, recipes for healthy eating and information on particular illnesses/diseases.
Mind Body Green. Recipes, exercise routines, articles, and tips for improving health and well-being in multiple areas of your life.
Actualized. Videos, dialogue, and books on personal growth topics focusing on how to improve your life through personal growth.
Pick the Brain: Grow Yourself. Blog with articles on motivation, productivity, health and self-improvement.
Davenport, Barrie. 25 Top Personal Development Blogs. The link takes you to descriptions and links to 25 personal development blogs
TOOLS & APPS
Habits Lite. Habits Lite provides a framework through which you can manage and track habits and positive changes that you want to actualize in your life. The app is based on the idea that repetition of an activity is required in order to form habits. Features of the app include: make or break a habit, habit tracking for daily and non-daily habits, cloud sync, and a space for notes.
Free on iOS and Android.
ARTICLES and BOOKS
Carlson, Richard. 1997. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… And It’s All Small Stuff. Don’t sweat the small stuff reminds us to keep in mind what is truly important in our lives. The book serves to be a guide in learning to let the little things go in order to live a more fulfilling and less anxiety ridden life.
Covey, Sean. 2014. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Covey’s book covers seven habits in a workbook fashion that, will improve your success currently and into your future. The book serves as a guide for making your goals into realities.
Graham, Stedman. 2000. Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps for Success. This book bridges the gap between education and the real world with a hands-on approach and personal style that is accessible and engaging. The book serves as an aid in better understanding one’s goals, strengths, desires, and visions.
Get involved in what interests You! Make time for the things that you want to do, to become the you that you want to be.