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Highs! : over 150 ways to feel really, really good... without alcohol or other drugs
Packer, Alex J., 1951-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
xi, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Describes more than 150 safe, creative, and natural ways to find contentment, pleasure, excitement, insight, or peace without the use of alcohol or drugs.
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BF724.3.H35 P33 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Safe, creative, natural ways to relieve stress, see the world a little differently, get a rush, and feel really, really good. A wise, witty, often hilarious guide.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Packer, the fun-loving author of How Rude! The Teenager's Guide to Good Manners and Bringing Up Parents (1997) has hit the jackpot again, this time with a text overflowing with effective ways to chill out or feel exhilarated without using drugs or alcohol. His 150 ideas (more if you count the ones in the clever, eye-catching sidebars) focus on three general areas: serenity (meditation, breathing, visualization); physical improvement (exercise, diet, sensory input); and creativity (nature, intellect, socialization). In every case, Packer's personal approach and steady stream of suggestions give teens plenty of ways to feel good about themselves and life. His ability to tackle school-sensitive topics, such as spirituality, in nonthreatening ways broadens the book's appeal, and his mix of lighthearted tone and solid information make the information seem both fun and authoritative. Appropriate for group work and for individual exploration. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Packer does for teen life skills what he did for teen etiquette in his irreverent, humorous, and wise How Rude! The Teenagers' Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior and Not Grossing People Out (Free Spirit, 1997). Highs! is crammed cover to cover with advice, but it's much more than a preachy tome on alternatives to drugs. The first three chapters are on stress reduction, breathing exercises, and how to meditate. The author then proceeds to cover everything from high-minded "highs" like Zen koans and fractals to flat out fun "highs" like creating optical illusions. Shaded text boxes and charts provide fascinating additional information, ideas, and points of view. Numerous "Find Out More" sections point readers to additional materials and Web sites. Written with wisdom and wit, the author brings together an amazing collection of things to do to live a better, fuller life. This is one of the best life-skills books on the market, and it should be on every teenager's bookshelf.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why High?p. 1
Serenity Highs
1 All Stressed Up and No Place to Go: Serenity Highsp. 5
Sources of Stressp. 6
Effects of Stressp. 8
Handling Stressp. 9
How Stress-Resistant Are You? A Quizp. 11
Increase Your Stress Resistancep. 13
Lessen the Stress in Your Lifep. 13
Be Optimisticp. 14
Get Support for Yourselfp. 15
2 How to Be an Airhead: Breathing Highsp. 16
Breathing from Your Diaphragmp. 17
Know Your Breathingp. 18
Check for Stressp. 18
Breathe Your Stress Awayp. 19
Really Deeeeep Breathingp. 21
Tension Preventionp. 22
Sigh Highp. 22
SWAT Breathingp. 23
Get Nosyp. 24
Breathe Out Loudp. 25
Refresh Your Brainp. 25
The Laughing Curep. 26
Zen Power Yellp. 26
3 Seeing the Light: Meditation Highsp. 28
When to Meditatep. 29
Where to Meditatep. 30
How to Meditatep. 31
Progressive Relaxationp. 32
Mind Over Musclep. 32
Breath Meditationp. 34
Up Your Nosep. 34
In and Outp. 34
Sound Meditationp. 35
Oomm Ahh Huunngp. 36
Aural Fixationp. 37
Meditating on Objectsp. 38
It's Polite to Starep. 38
Dealing with the Wandering
Mindp. 39
Mindfulness Meditationp. 39
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Troublep. 40
Visualizationp. 41
Your Special Placep. 42
Say Good-bye to Sadness (and Other Feelings)p. 43
Dope on a Ropep. 44
Now Playing at the Cinema of Your Mind: A Visualization Scriptp. 45
Self-Hypnosisp. 48
The Power of the Mindp. 48
Feel Yourself Becoming Calm... Calm and Relaxed... Deeper and Deeperp. 49
Be Your Own Hypnotistp. 51
Countdownp. 51
T'ai Chi Chuanp. 53
Horse Aroundp. 54
Yogap. 55
Out-of-Body Experiencesp. 57
Physical and Sensvous Highs
4 Pumping Adrenaline: Sports, Exercise, and X-treme Highsp. 58
Sports Highsp. 58
Exercise Highsp. 61
Warm Upp. 68
Cool Downp. 69
Relaxation Exercisesp. 70
Head and Shouldersp. 71
Save Facep. 71
Alex's Fabulous Finger Liftsp. 72
Thrill-Seeking and X-treme Sportsp. 73
Cheap Thrillsp. 74
Upside-Down Uppersp. 74
Seesaws and Swingsp. 74
Jump for Joyp. 74
Spin Cyclep. 75
Roller Coastersp. 75
Going to X-tremesp. 76
Air Highsp. 77
Land Highsp. 81
Water Highsp. 87
5 Food for Thought: Healthy Eating Highsp. 90
The High of Clear Thinkingp. 91
Start the Day with Breakfastp. 91
Eat Lighter, More Frequent Mealsp. 93
Take Your Vitaminsp. 94
Eat a Crowbarp. 94
Slow Down on Fast Foodsp. 95
Stop Pumping Gasp. 96
The Scoop on Caffeinep. 96
Be a Quitterp. 99
Sugar Shockp. 102
Are You Eating Too Much Sugar?p. 103
Cut Back on Sweetsp. 104
A Good Night's Sleepp. 105
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzp. 106
6 The Eyes Have It: Visual Highsp. 108
The Power of Perceptionp. 108
Look for Something Newp. 109
Look for Patternsp. 109
Then and Nowp. 110
Topsy-Turvyp. 110
Fingers in the Eyesp. 110
Stare-Way to Heavenp. 111
Feel the Beatp. 112
Fun with Strobe Lightsp. 112
Find Your Blind Spotp. 113
Binocular Visionp. 114
Wag the Dogp. 115
Three Thumbs Upp. 115
The Language of Colorp. 116
Color Your Worldp. 117
Mandalasp. 118
Mandala Meditationp. 118
When Seeing Isn't Believing: Visual Illusionsp. 120
Fascinating Fractalsp. 125
Visual Musicp. 125
Help for Tired Eyesp. 126
Lazy Eightsp. 127
Lighten Upp. 128
7 Coming to Your Senses: Sensuous Highsp. 130
Cats Know Where It's Atp. 131
The Cat's Mcowp. 131
Sensory Deprivationp. 132
The Power of Touchp. 132
Kissing Palmsp. 133
Here's the Rub: Massagep. 134
Give a Back Massagep. 136
Treat Your Feetp. 138
Get Rolfedp. 138
Tastep. 139
Go S-l-o-wp. 139
Quiet Dietp. 140
Let's Sweatp. 140
Stcam Room vs. Saunap. 141
Aromatherapyp. 142
Get Incensedp. 143
Pamper Yourselfp. 143
Give Yourself a Facialp. 143
A hair-Raising Experiencep. 144
Get Nakedp. 145
Social, Spiritval, and Creative Highs
8 Blue Skies, Cow Pies: Nature Highsp. 146
Why Nature?p. 147
Stop and Smell the Rosesp. 147
Take a Hikep. 149
Sleep Under the Starsp. 150
Go Campingp. 150
A Garden of Earthly Delightsp. 152
Grow Your Ownp. 152
Tree Highsp. 153
Build a Tree Housep. 154
Get Wetp. 155
Water Waysp. 155
Ride the Wavesp. 156
Take a Bathp. 157
Fire Highsp. 157
Build a Bonfirep. 158
Thunder and Lightningp. 160
Storm Safetyp. 160
Armchair Adventuresp. 161
9 Altered States: Out-of-the-Ordinary Highsp. 163
Change Your Habitsp. 164
Just for One Dayp. 165
Just for One Weekp. 165
Deprivation Highsp. 166
Get Tankedp. 167
Go Into the Closetp. 168
Fastingp. 168
Being Alonep. 170
Go Out with Yourselfp. 170
Quiet Highsp. 171
Shhhhhhhhp. 171
Seek Silencep. 173
Turn Off the Musicp. 174
No News Is Good Newsp. 174
Take a News Breakp. 175
Travelp. 176
Low-Cost Travelp. 177
Roleplaying Gamesp. 181
Alter Your Altitudep. 184
High Highsp. 185
Space Outp. 186
10 Messing with Your Mind: Creative and Intellectual Highsp. 188
Writingp. 189
Keep a Journalp. 190
Write Poetryp. 191
Different Strokes for Different Folksp. 194
Storytellingp. 195
Once Upon a Timep. 195
Collectingp. 196
Be a Collectorp. 197
Explore the Artsp. 197
Draw and/or Paintp. 198
Visit a Museum or Galleryp. 199
Dancep. 201
Musicp. 203
Whistle While You Workp. 205
Highbrow Highsp. 205
Zen Koansp. 206
Higher Mathp. 207
Sciencep. 210
Philosophyp. 211
Performing Highsp. 212
Sing for Your Supperp. 213
Follow Your Muse: Four Steps to Successp. 213
11 Friends, Family, and Heavy Petting: Connecting Highsp. 215
Connect with Your Familyp. 217
Talk to Your Parentsp. 217
Have Family Meetingsp. 218
Maintain and Invent Family Traditionsp. 219
Eat Dinner Togetherp. 220
Do Service Work Togetherp. 220
Stay in Touch with Relativesp. 221
Connect with Friendsp. 222
See Your Friends Regularlyp. 223
Broaden Your Friendshipsp. 223
Make Cyber-Friendsp. 224
Love and Sexp. 225
Connect with Your Schoolp. 226
Connect with Other Adults and Mentorsp. 227
Find a Mentorp. 227
Be a Mentorp. 228
Connect by Givingp. 229
Make the Small Gesturep. 230
Practice Kindnessp. 230
Volunteerp. 232
Create a Web Sitep. 232
Connect with Animalsp. 233
Heavy Pettingp. 233
Connect with Your Pastp. 234
Learn About Your Family Historyp. 234
Learn About Your Cultural and National Historyp. 234
Connect with Groups and Other Organizationsp. 235
Join Togetherp. 235
Support Yourselfp. 236
Connect at Workp. 236
Spiritual Connectingp. 237
Prayp. 238
More Readings and Resourcesp. 240
Bibliographyp. 242
Indexp. 243
About the Authorp. 250
About FCD and SALSAp. 251