Resiliency through optimism and praise

Less depression, health risks for teen optimists

Optimistic thinking appeared to protect against health risks such as emotional problems, substance use, and antisocial behavior according to a group of researchers in Australia.

Dr. Leslie Walker, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, provides parents with 5 tips on how to help children become optimists.

Walker says that above all, parents need to model a positive outlook. "Patterning after their parents is how kids figure out how to live," she says. "If parents are optimistic about what's going in their lives, you can expect the kids to follow."

Sex, booze or money just can't compare with the jolt young people get from a boost to their self-esteem, says a new study of college students that found the desire for praise trumped other desires or needs.