Wise Highs: How to Thrill, Chill, & Get Away from It All Without Alcohol or Other Drugs

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The best-selling author of How Rude!™ describes more than 150 ways to feel really, really good-naturally, safely, and creatively. From breathing and meditation to exercise and sports, gardening, music, and games, these are "highs" that can change teens' lives without leaving them dull, burned out, or hung over. Formerly titled HIGHS! Includes updated resources.
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Overview


The best-selling author of How Rude!™ describes more than 150 ways to feel really, really good-naturally, safely, and creatively. From breathing and meditation to exercise and sports, gardening, music, and games, these are "highs" that can change teens' lives without leaving them dull, burned out, or hung over. Formerly titled HIGHS! Includes updated resources.
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From the Publisher

ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Award

“Children’s Choice” International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council

“Book of the Year” Independent Publisher Book Awards

National Parenting Publication Award (NAPPA)

NY Public Library “Book for the Teen Age”

ALA/YALSA Quick Pick

Read, America! Selection

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575421988
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 264
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Alex J. Packer received his Ph.D. in Educational and Developmental Psychology from Boston College and his master’s degree in education from Harvard. He has been Headmaster of an alternative school for 11- to 15-year-olds and Director of Education at the Capital Children’s Museum. He is currently President of FCD Educational Services, a Boston-based provider of drug education and substance abuse prevention services to schools worldwide. 
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Why High?     1
Serenity Highs
All Stressed Up and No Place to Go: Serenity Highs     5
Sources of Stress     6
Effects of Stress     8
Handling Stress     9
How Stress-Resistant Are You? A Quiz     11
Increase Your Stress Resistance     13
Lessen the Stress in Your Life     13
Be Optimistic     14
Get Support for Yourself     15
How to Be an Airhead: Breathing Highs     16
Breathing from Your Diaphragm     17
Know Your Breathing     18
Check for Stress     18
Breathe Your Stress Away     19
Really Deeeeep Breathing     21
Tension Prevention     22
Sigh High     22
SWAT Breathing     23
Get Nosy     24
Breathe Out Loud     25
Refresh Your Brain     25
The Laughing Cure     26
Zen Power Yell     26
Seeing the Light: Meditation Highs     28
When to Meditate     29
Where to Meditate     30
How to Meditate     31
Progressive Relaxation     32
Mind Over Muscle     32
Breath Meditation     34
Up Your Nose     34
In and Out     34
Sound Meditation     35
Oomm Ahh Huunng     36
Aural Fixation     37
Meditating on Objects     38
It's Polite to Stare     38
Dealing with the Wandering Mind     39
Mindfulness Meditation     39
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble     40
Visualization     41
Your Special Place     42
Say Good-bye to Sadness (and Other Feelings)     43
Dope on a Rope     44
Now Playing at the Cinema of Your Mind: A Visualization Script     45
Self-Hypnosis     48
The Power of the Mind     48
Feel Yourself Becoming Calm... Calm and Relaxed... Deeper and Deeper     49
Be Your Own Hypnotist     51
Countdown     51
T'ai Chi Chuan     53
Horse Around     54
Yoga     55
Out-of-Body Experiences     57
Physical and Sensuous Highs
Pumping Adrenaline: Sports, Exercise, and X-treme Highs     58
Sports Highs     58
Exercise Highs     61
Warm Up      68
Cool Down     69
Relaxation Exercises     70
Head and Shoulders     71
Save Face     71
Alex's Fabulous Finger Lifts     72
Thrill-Seeking and X-treme Sports     73
Cheap Thrills     74
Upside-Down Uppers     74
Seesaws and Swings     74
Jump for Joy     74
Spin Cycle     75
Roller Coasters     75
Going to X-tremes     76
Air Highs     77
Land Highs     81
Water Highs     87
Food for Thought: Healthy Eating Highs     90
The High of Clear Thinking     91
Start the Day with Breakfast     91
Eat Lighter, More Frequent Meals     93
Take Your Vitamins     94
Eat a Crowbar     94
Slow Down on Fast Foods     95
Stop Pumping Gas     96
The Scoop on Caffeine     96
Be a Quitter     99
Sugar Shock     102
Are You Eating Too Much Sugar?     103
Cut Back on Sweets     104
A Good Night's Sleep     105
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz     106
The Eyes Have It: Visual Highs     108
The Power of Perception     108
Look for Something New     109
Look for Patterns     109
Then and Now     110
Topsy-Turvy     110
Fingers in the Eyes     110
Stare-Way to Heaven     111
Feel the Beat     112
Fun with Strobe Lights     112
Find Your Blind Spot     113
Binocular Vision     114
Wag the Dog     115
Three Thumbs Up     115
The Language of Color     116
Color Your World     117
Mandalas     118
Mandala Meditation     118
When Seeing Isn't Believing: Visual Illusions     120
Fascinating Fractals     125
Visual Music     125
Help for Tired Eyes     126
Lazy Eights     127
Lighten Up     128
Coming to Your Senses: Sensuous Highs     130
Cats Know Where It's At     131
The Cat's Meow     131
Sensory Deprivation     132
The Power of Touch     132
Kissing Palms     133
Here's the Rub: Massage     134
Give a Back Massage      136
Treat Your Feet     138
Get Rolfed     138
Taste     139
Go S-l-o-w     139
Quiet Diet     140
Let's Sweat     140
Steam Room vs. Sauna     141
Aromatherapy     142
Get Incensed     143
Pamper Yourself     143
Give Yourself a Facial     143
A Hair-Raising Experience     144
Get Naked     145
Social, Spiritual, and Creative Highs
Blue Skies, Cow Pies: Nature Highs     146
Why Nature?     147
Stop and Smell the Roses     147
Take a Hike     149
Sleep Under the Stars     150
Go Camping     150
A Garden of Earthly Delights     152
Grow Your Own     152
Tree Highs     153
Build a Tree House     154
Get Wet     155
Water Ways     155
Ride the Waves     156
Take a Bath     157
Fire Highs     157
Build a Bonfire     158
Thunder and Lightning     160
Storm Safety     160
Armchair Adventures      161
Altered States: Out-of-the-Ordinary Highs     163
Change Your Habits     164
Just for One Day     165
Just for One Week     165
Deprivation Highs     166
Get Tanked     167
Go Into the Closet     168
Fasting     168
Being Alone     170
Go Out with Yourself     170
Quiet Highs     171
Shhhhhhhh     171
Seek Silence     173
Turn Off the Music     174
No News Is Good News     174
Take a News Break     175
Travel     176
Low-Cost Travel     177
Roleplaying Games     181
Alter Your Altitude     184
High Highs     185
Space Out     186
Messing with Your Mind: Creative and Intellectual Highs     188
Writing     189
Keep a Journal     190
Write Poetry     191
Different Strokes for Different Folks     194
Storytelling     195
Once Upon a Time     195
Collecting     196
Be a Collector     197
Explore the Arts     197
Draw and/or Paint     198
Visit a Museum or Gallery     199
Dance     201
Music     203
Whistle While You Work     205
Highbrow Highs     205
Zen Koans     206
Higher Math     207
Science     210
Philosophy     211
Performing Highs     212
Sing for Your Supper     213
Follow Your Muse: Four Steps to Success     213
Friends, Family, and Heavy Petting: Connecting Highs     215
Connect with Your Family     217
Talk to Your Parents     217
Have Family Meetings     218
Maintain and Invent Family Traditions     219
Eat Dinner Together     220
Do Service Work Together     220
Stay in Touch with Relatives     221
Connect with Friends     222
See Your Friends Regularly     223
Broaden Your Friendships     223
Make Cyber-Friends     224
Love and Sex     225
Connect with Your School     226
Connect with Other Adults and Mentors     227
Find a Mentor     227
Be a Mentor     228
Connect by Giving     229
Make the Small Gesture     230
Practice Kindness     230
Volunteer     232
Create a Web Site     232
Connect with Animals     233
Heavy Petting     233
Connect with Your Past     234
Learn About Your Family History     234
Learn About Your Cultural and National History     234
Connect with Groups and Other Organizations     235
Join Together     235
Support Yourself     236
Connect at Work     236
Spiritual Connecting     237
Pray     238
More Readings and Resources     240
Bibliography     242
Index     243
About the Author     250
About FCD and SALSA     251
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