Benjamin Hardy, a graduate student and former instructor at the LDS Church's Missionary Training Center in Provo, shared 10 habits he believes will help boys become men.

Amid a plethora of eye-opening statistics, much has been said in recent years about boys in American society failing to become responsible men.

A returned LDS missionary and South Carolina graduate student wants to help reverse that trend.

Benjamin Hardy served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pittsburgh before becoming an instructor at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, according to his Linkedin profile. Hardy, now a Ph.D candidate at Clemson University, recently published a blog with the title, "10 Habits That Change Boys Into Men."

"The demise of our culture will result from the demise of its men if something isn’t changed quickly. Far too many men remain directionless, devastated and scared children," Hardy wrote. "If you are a young man and you’re struggling, you are not alone. This article is intended to challenge you to rethink your entire approach to life. If applied, these habits will radically set you apart from the decaying norm."

Among the list of 10 habits, Hardy encourages young men to "think beyond yourself," "stop playing video games," "get intensive physical stimulation" and "prayer, meditation and journal writing." Each item on the list is backed with tips, suggestions and links to more source material.

"You can have whatever life you choose. Don’t be afraid to dream big for yourself," Hardy wrote. "Have the courage to seize that life and truly live, rather than only imagining living. The world needs you."

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