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Being Positive

ReachOut fact sheets are written by young people for young people and edited by a mental health professional. Want to discuss the topic in more depth? Visit the ReachOut Forums.

Common thinking errors

Common thinking errors (cognitive errors or cognitive distortions) are easy to make. Learn about ten common thinking errors and ways to stop them.


Your self-esteem is the way you look at or perceive yourself. Learn about how it affects your life and how to build healthy self-esteem.

Challenging negative self-talk

Self-talk are those thoughts or things you say to yourself. Self-talk is often negative and skews how we see ourselves. Learn how to identify and manage your self-talk.

Express yourself

Everyone needs some time alone to reflect on feelings. Learn how expressing your feelings might help you make better decisions about what is right for you now.

Putting your goals into action

Learn about developing a plan of action to attain your goals.

Meeting new people

In your day-to-day life you'll have to meet new people. Learn some tips to help make the process as successful as possible.

What is happiness?

Research has shown that there are certain common traits among happy people. Learn what makes people happy and how to work on your happiness.

Body image: love the skin you’re in

Having an unhealthy body image is the belief that your body is bigger or smaller than it is in reality. Learn about how to get a more positive body image.

Gratitude, forgiveness and happiness

Being grateful for the past can positively affect your future. Learn tips on how to positively influence your happiness.

How do I become more resilient?

Learn what contributes to your ability to be resilient when faced with adversity and how you can build more of it.

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