Don't Worry, Be Happy: Staying Posi Can Keep You Healthy

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You know how people are always saying "stay positive"? Well, beyond having a good outlook on life, researchers are saying that a posi attitude has a direct effect on teens' physical health. It's not just emo talk!

In a study conducted by the University of South Florida, researchers found that life satisfaction and steadily positive moods may be better indicators of health than levels of anxiety or depression, which has been a more obvious predictor in the past. The study surveyed over 400 students grades 6 through 8 and found that there was a strong link between good physical health and feeling strong and proud.

Teens with poorer health reported feelings of loneliness and guilt, and displayed more negative behaviors. Overall, researchers said the mental health indicators explained 30 percent of the differences in physical health ratings among the participating students.

What do you think of the findings? Do you feel like your physical health is directly related to how you feel emotionally? What do you do to stay positive? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. %Poll-50046%

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