Optimistic Thinking Keeps Teens Healthier

Teenagers who look on the bright side of life appear less likely to suffer depression, Australian researchers reported.

In a longitudinal study of more than 5,600 adolescents, optimistic thinking appeared to protect against health risks such as emotional problems, substance use, and antisocial behavior, according to George C. Patton, MD, of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues.