Pharrell Williams’ hit song, Happy, may have been on to something. Recent findings from an on going study says beyond exercise and a healthy diet, a network of happy friends can enhance a teen’s lifestyle.
“Depression itself doesn’t spread, but a healthy mood actually does,” he says. The study found that teens with a strong group of friends not suffering from depression — described as a “healthy” mood — had half the probability of developing depression and double the probability of recovering if they were depressed.”
The study is being conducted by National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health.
Here are a few Girls Like Me Project tips for fostering Happy teen networks:
- Host teen-lead events
- Sponsor teen days/outings
- Create happy circles via group-mentoring
- Lead team building activities
- Encourage social networking, include safety Ed.