According to a study at the University of South Florida completed by Emily Shaffer-Hudkins and her team, happier teens are healthier teens. Her findings were reported in Springer’s Journal Applied Research in Quality of Life. Shaffer-Hudkins’ used a sample of 401 students in grades 6-8 from a suburban southeastern middle school in the United States. She had the teens rate their overall satisfaction with life. They were asked to rate their feelings both positive and negative about their lives. After going through these criteria, the teens discussed their physical health.
The study concludes: “Findings from the current study underscore the importance of attending to positive wellness-focused indicators of mental health among youth. Subjective well-being is a significant, unique, and primary predictor of important physical health outcomes in youth and is more strongly associated with physical functioning than is psychopathology. Examining only psychopathology may lead to an underestimation of the relationship between mental health and physical health in young people.”
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