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Happy Teenagers May Be Healthier Later In Life

July 25, 2011 by  

According to researchers, happy teens are also less likely to engage in dangerous behavior such as smoking and binge drinking as they approach adulthood. The secret to becoming a healthy adult may be as simple has having a positive outlook as a child. A Northwestern University study found that teenagers who remain happy through their formative years report better health as adults.

According to researchers, happy teens are also less likely to engage in dangerous behavior such as smoking and binge drinking as they approach adulthood. Scientists reviewed the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which collected data on the health and happiness of 10,147 teenagers in 1994 and followed up with them until 2001. They found that teenagers who reported being happy in 1994 were healthier years later than those who claimed they were unhappy or depressed.

“Our study shows that promoting and nurturing positive well-being during the teenage years may be a promising way to improve long-term health,” said Lindsay Till Hoyt, first author of the study. “People have used a positive youth development approach to curb problems like delinquency and improve school achievement, but this approach may also be a way to help improve the health of young people,” added Hoyt.

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  • FlaJim

    How much in federal grants funded this stupid study? Happy people are healthier people. Duh! What’s next? People who drive in a sane and civilized manner are less likely to get into an accident?

    This is nothing more than a make work project for over educated people who can’t find jobs in the real world.

  • elda

    It takes a university and probably millions in tax payers money to figure out what any competent parent could tell you? This is just one more example of what is wrong with this country and most of the world. We all think these educators, and even some scientists, know more than we do…..just ask them. They think we are stupid because we have not gone to school like they have. I did go to school but I realized I would learn more and the truth if I got the hell out of college. See, I knew kids grow up to be like themselves as children just more of it. I am gratefully a FREE thinker and my childre will be as well.

  • jopa

    According to the article this story is ten years old and with the new technologies that have come out in the last ten years I wonder if they are just as happy today.I probably shouldn’t have said that now they will feel a need for a new study.

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