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Optimism can keep teens healthy, both physically and mentally

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Optimistic thinking can help your teen stay healthy, both physically and mentally!

Researchers in Australia followed a group of teens over three years and found adolescents who viewed the world through rose-colored glasses had fewer health risks.

They were also half as likely to develop depression as more pessimistic teens.

Optimism was also protective against the onset of substance abuse and anti-social behaviors like violence, property damage and theft.

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