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Dear Manty

For some people school days are the best time of their lives.

Other people only remember good things about the past so when they think back a long way it all seems pretty rosy to them.

Today's kids have more possessions and interesting experiences than their grandparents could have dreamt of at that age. But today's kids have lots of things to worry about, too. The world can seem an uncertain place at times.

So if you're unhappy now, don't think things are just going to get worse. They might get better!

In fact, they're most likely to get better if you do something about it. Now.

You see, you're the person who is responsible for your happiness. If you want to be happy then you need to choose to be happy.

There may be bad things happening in your life to make you feel unhappy now. If this is the case, then it would be a good idea to talk about it with someone you trust--a sensible friend, a parent (if you can), a teacher...or a counsellor or a doctor.

If there is no reason why you feel unhappy then it is essential that you talk to somebody about it. Soon. Today, if possible.

If you can't find anybody then look in the phone book under Lifeline. Ring them as soon as possible. I'm sure you can find a private way of doing this.

Write to me again, if you want to. With more details. I'll keep it confidential.

Yours sincerely 

Virginia R. Claire

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