You know how your conscience makes you feel awful when you
make a bad choice, even if no one else knows about it? It just
follows you around, poking at your heart, giving you the stink eye.
That same conscience can make you feel great when you make a good choice, even if no one else knows about it. When you choose to be kind, responsible, or honest, your conscience is there to swell your heart with pride and fill you with good vibes.
If you find yourself wondering what’s in it for you to do the right thing, let your conscience be your guide. Because positive vibes beat stink eye any day.
This quote about happiness shows teens that a conscience works in two directions. We usually think of how a conscience reminds you when you make a bad choice, and consequently makes you feel bad. But a conscience works the other direction as well. When you do something good, your conscience helps you feel good about yourself.
Good choices and kind acts toward others swell a heart with feelings of pride. So... making good choices and being kind are great for a teen's self-esteem. Doing the right thing is it’s own reward. The resulting happiness, pride and positive self image are yours to enjoy-- even if no one else knows you made a good choice.
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