Archive | May, 2014

A Laugh A Day Keeps The Stress Away

Next time your teen is stressed out, encourage them to take a YouTube break. No, seriously! A new study found that watching funny videos affects the brain in a positive way, similar to meditation.

Laughter produces the same brain waves as those created in a meditative state, according to the study conducted at Loma Linda University.


Meet the Teens Fighting for a More Nutritious Kitchen

The categories for judging range from mis en place to visual presentation to taste. The contestants show off their knife work, expertly chopping a giant cabbage head into mountains of tiny leaves. They arrange basil into a blooming flower atop a plate of steaming risotto, and dollops of a sweet tamarind sauce surround hand-made spicy dumplings. But this isn’t a show on the Food Network or a culinary school presentation– this is Kurt Hahn High School in Brooklyn, New York. And these are Teen Battle Chefs. The Choices/TeenBeing team is […]


Friday Faves: Why Teens Need a Good Night’s Sleep, How Walking Boosts Creativity, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!

1. There seems to be an endless list of benefits of a good night’s sleep, and a recent study from the Preventive Medicine journal discovered a new one. According to an article on Huffington Post, teens who get less than five hours of sleep are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as fighting, smoking, and drinking alcohol. It also increases the likelihood that they will be obese. Back in March 2013, Choices featured a story called “When Sleep Becomes A Nightmare,” which took a look at the importance of shuteye.

Keep reading to see what else made the list!


Meet the Anonymous Apps That Are Bringing Cyberbullying to Your Teen’s School

Anonymous apps like Whisper, Secret, YikYak and BackChat (just to name a few) have been making headlines recently as the future of social media sharing. Many of their users originally seemed to be coming straight from Silicon Valley, but the anonymous, free-flowing, and “honest” environments are reaching a different audience: over-shared, image-obsessed teens, who may just have a cyberbullying edge. It seems that these apps are popular with teens because their generation has become Facebook-fried. In the past few years, the explosion of social media apps has forced users to […]