PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 December, 2008, 12:00am

Appreciate your family's love

Family love is essential in life. When we are under pressure, your home is a haven.

However, some teenagers don't appreciate their home life or family's support.

Some teens believe their parents are outdated, and that the generation gap prevents them from understanding young people. They're reluctant to share anything with their parents and may even regard parental love and concern as controlling.

However, this attitude ignores the fact that our families are the only ones to give us unconditional support whenever we have difficulties and they only want to protect us.

We should treasure family love and never take it for granted.

Liz Fung, Hang Seng School of Commerce

The importance of small blessings

Blessings are simple things. They can be presents, but they can also be as simple as kind words or a hug. No matter how small, they are uplifting.

But we often look down on simple blessings. Many of us sneer at kind wishes. And often we forget to make the effort to say something nice to others, or offer a simple gesture like a smile or a hug.

These things may not seem like a big deal, but they are extremely meaningful. They remind us we are loved by others. They let us feel cared for. And sharing these things with other people makes you feel happy, too.

Christmas is on its way, so take every opportunity to wish your family and friends Merry Christmas and good health.

They won't be the only ones who feel blessed.

Leung Ka-fung, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Show you care by learning the facts

I am writing in response to the letter 'Reaching out to the HIV positive' (Young Post, December 2).

December 1 is World Aids Day. When I was young, I didn't know there was a day aimed at raising people's awareness of Aids and showing concern for those infected.

Many of us are still prejudiced against HIV-positive people.

And many people would avoid eating at the same table as them or shaking hands with them.

But we shouldn't discriminate. We should educate ourselves, know what the actual risks are and offer our support.

World Aids Day is symbolised by a bright red ribbon. Wearing these ribbons symbolises open-mindedness and acceptance of those unfortunate enough to live with HIV/Aids.

The more people accept the realities of the disease and learn the facts, the sooner the spreading of the disease will slow down and all sufferers can be treated with the respect they deserve.

May Yuen, Fung Kai Liu Man shek Tong Secondary School

Focus on what's inside and be happy

Cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly acceptable. Some people even think it's just part of modern life. but I think it's a very unhealthy concept.

Plastic surgery can be used to reconstruct the facial features of someone who has been in a terrible accident.

But most people are only interested in its cosmetic value. They think this technology can give them a new life by giving them a new face.

While many of us desire to look 'perfect', our face is a unique gift from our parents. We shouldn't desire a different look to the one nature gave us.

Moreover, there is always a risk in surgery. If the surgery fails, you don't only lose the surgery fee, but also your health and your original face. There's no turning back.

The old saying goes 'no one is perfect'. It's unwise to change the way you look - it won't give you a new identity. You are still you, and no amount of surgery can alter your personality.

The best thing to do is work on beautifying your inside. Being beautiful on the inside is far more valuable than looking good.

Matt Wong Man-hin, Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Don't forget to make time to care

With so many people suffering from stress these days, it's easy to forget to show people you care.

But we all know how welcome a 'How's life?' can be, especially when we're feeling a little down. This simple query reminds us we're not alone, and that people do care.

It's easy to get out of the bad habit of neglecting others. Whenever you see friends and family, smile and ask how they are - even if you've already seen them that day.

By getting back into the habit of asking people how they are each time you see them, it will soon become natural.

And then they too will start to ask how you are. Sharing your troubles, worries, news and happiness brings people closer and helps reduce stress.

Add a hug to your greeting. It may feel unnatural at first, but a hug is a very powerful tool. Showing people you care will encourage them to do the same to you.

Sarah Yip Hiu-ying, CNEC Christian College

Unfair fares during economic troubles

The new taxi fares policy - higher fares for shorter trips but lower fares for longer trips - was introduced a couple of weeks ago. I strongly disagree with the timing of the policy.

I used to take a taxi to school with my classmates. It was convenient and reasonable. But in these economically difficult times, the increased fare makes it difficult to afford a taxi.

In my opinion, Hong Kong people should face the difficulties hand in hand - now is not the time to raise prices.

Lee Kwok-wai