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Exam pressures, the quest for more independence, strained relationships with parents and a body full of raging hormones all add to teenage angst. Of course not all teenagers have the same experience of these formative years, and where they live has a huge influence on an important time of their lives.
If all teenagers could choose where to grow up, the Netherlands would be a good pick. Young people there are highly likely to have a positive experience of their teenage years.
They are, on average, likely to be among the happiest, healthiest, best educated and wealthiest of adolescents living in the world’s richest nations.
Earlier this year, an OECD report found that over 93% of children aged 11 to 15 years old in the Netherlands recorded above average life satisfaction.
And subsequent reports by UNICEF have listed the Netherlands as one of the best places in the world for children and teenagers to live.
When UNICEF assessed the well-being of children and teenagers in OECD nations in 2013, the Netherlands came top overall. It also topped the individual categories for material well-being, educational well-being, and for behaviours and risks.
Dutch teenagers are among the least likely to engage in risky behaviour, including getting pregnant and drinking alcohol.
A subsequent UNICEF report in 2017 found that teenage girls in the Netherlands were the least likely in the world to experience violence.
And reports published last year by UNICEF and the World Health Organization found that the Netherlands has the lowest obesity rates among rich nations.
Dutch teenagers’ health and happiness appears to reflect the health and happiness of the Dutch population overall.
This year, once again, the Netherlands ranked in the top 10 of the Global Happiness Index.
In a world where mental health problems are on the rise, the Netherlands remains one of the OECD nations with the lowest use of antidepressants per capita.
Perhaps the secret to widespread happiness in the Netherlands, and the happiness of its teenagers in particular, is the country’s work-life balance.
This year’s OECD Better Life Index found that the Dutch have the best work-life balance of any developed nation.
Only 0.5% of Dutch employees regularly work very long hours, which is the lowest rate in the OECD, where the average is 13%. Overall, they work an average of just 30.3 hours per week, well below the EU average of 40.3 hours per week.
Instead, they devote around 16 hours per day to eating, sleeping and leisurely pursuits.
The Dutch also spend time together as families, which is reflected in the strength of the relationships teenagers in the Netherlands have with their parents.
Among European teenagers, research by the World Health Organization found 15-year-olds in the Netherlands find it easiest to talk to their parents.
Your Mindful Guide to Academic Success: Beat Burnout
Gayle Kimball, Ph.D. and global youth
220 pages Available on Amazon and other ebook platforms for $9.9
The nine chapters provide information for high school and college students about how to achieve academic goals and reduce stress:
How to identify your learning styles
Techniques to achieve your goals
Study skills and effective test taking
How to write research papers
Understand mind power
Clearing emotional blocks to success
Student activism and goals internationally
Student experiences are featured, along with a variety of experts, and they created the illustrations.
Traveling around the world, interviewing young people for my series of books about global youth viewpoints and activism, I heard how much time, worry and anxiety goes into studying for tests. I have a lot of experience studying and test-taking to earn my bachelor’s degree, teaching credential, two Masters Degrees, and Ph.D.—all from the University of California. I’ve corrected thousands of student essays teaching in high school and then in university for decades. I want to share with students what I’ve learned about how to succeed academically, stay centered and have time to enjoy life. I include the advice and experience of young people from various countries to discover how they succeed and to provide insight into the global youth culture in an increasingly globalized world. As a Pakistani young man said in this book, “It lets the students know that their worries/guilt are uniform and students from other regions are facing the same problems.” Although it’s rare, I advocate that the voices of actual young people should be included in books about and for them.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 How to Achieve Your Goals with Metacognition
Understanding Your Learning Styles
Making Your Brain Work for You
Coping with Learning Disabilities
Identifying Your Personality Types
Chapter 2 Study Skills
Reading, Note Taking, Memorizing, Study Groups
Test Taking Skills suggestions by Dr. Stephen Tchudi
Effective Oral Reports
Overcoming Math Anxiety
Time Management vs. Procrastination
Chapter 3 How to do Research by Morgan Brynnan, MLIS
Is it all CRAAP – Evaluating Sources
Plagiarism, Ethics and Citation
Chapter 4 Coping with Stress
The Physiology and Causes of Stress
How to Cope with Stress
Balance the Left and Right Sides of the Body
Chapter 5 Understand Mind Power
Research on Mind Over Matter
How to Clear Emotional Blocks
Chapter 6 Emotional Issues that influence School Success
The Power of the Unconscious Mind
Being a Student of Color in a PWI
Anxiety and Depression
Chapter 7 Physical Vitality
Chapter 8 Getting into College, Career Planning
Getting Into College
Adjusting to College
Post-College Career Planning
Chapter 9 Student Activism in the US and International Education Reform
What Students Want from their Education
The Finnish Model
Student Educational Activism
Youth Activism in the US