Fostering purpose in our teenagers
Leading a life of purpose is a beneficial, but rare experience for youth today. Only about one in five high-schoolers reports having a sense of purpose. The others either feel disengaged or incredibly pressured at school. Our job as parents and educators should be to help these kids identify and start working toward purpose. Having kids talk about what matters to them (in the big picture) is a great place to start. Then we can try to help them connect to opportunities to act on their goals. Modeling our own purpose and fostering gratitude helps too. Youth who pursue a sense of purpose report being happier, more satisfied, and having better physical health.