Preparing Teenagers to Be Positive Adults With New Book

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Former high school teacher Shirley Mathey shares life skills for becoming a more positive person.

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Some people do not recognize that everyone can think positive.

What if becoming a better person was as simple as counting to three? According to former educator Shirley Mathey, it is. She explains how this is in her new book “Become a More Positive Person: Three Practical Skills to Improve Self-Confidence.”

As an educator, Mathey was successful in redirecting many teenagers’ negative attitudes with three skills to positive thinking. In turn, this helped her students develop into more positive, productive adults.

“My classroom became safe,” Mathey says. “I would not allow anyone to treat others poorly. They couldn’t say anything negative either. In about 3-4 days everybody got the idea.”

Mathey’s classroom lessons have transformed into her book “Become a More Positive Person,” which inspires teenagers to change the way they operate their lives by replacing negativity with positive thinking and behaviors. The book serves as a teenager’s guide to maturity.

“Become a More Positive Person” calls upon teenagers to make a difference in their lives. Using Mathey’s three defined skills, teenagers will not only become positive thinkers, but they will also be able to overcome apathy and develop a strategy for future success in their lives as well.

According to Mathey, “Some people do not recognize that everyone can think positive. They spend their lives, kicking and complaining, blaming, describing their aches and pain rather than doing the positive skills needed.”

By developing their positive thinking skills at an early age, teenagers will be well on their way to becoming successful, confident adults.

“Become a More Positive Person: Three Practical Skills to Improve Self-Confidence”
By Shirley Bracket Mathey
ISBN: 978-1-4685-7560-6 (sc); 978-1-4685-7562-0 (e)
Softcover, $13.95
Ebook, $3.99
Approximately 88 pages
Available at and

About the author

Shirley Brackett Mathey spent 26 years as an educator at Lincoln Park High School and has developed many innovative educational materials. As a teacher, she counseled many troubled students and initiated a weekly classroom peer group counseling sessions. Mathey also worked in advisory roles for school organizations and has served as a supervisory teacher for Wayne University, Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University. Mathey attended the University of Arkansas, University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University and received two Master’s degrees in Family Life Education and Guidance and Counseling.

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