What makes teens happy?


I was at the gym yesterday and MTV was on (along with e 20 other channels in a long bank of tv’s)  something caught my eye so I focused on it for a bit.  The were talking about a new study that had been done regarding teen happiness.

I checked out the link that they cited and here is what they found out…

-time with their parents!

a new, fairly extensive survey of teenagers reports that the top factor in teen happiness, rated by the teenagers themselves, is time with family. amazing.

a couple quotes from the article (the whole thing is worth reading):

Spending time with family was the top answer to that open-ended question, according to an extensive survey — more than 100 questions asked of 1,280 people ages 13-24 — conducted by The Associated Press and MTV on the nature of happiness among America’s young people.


Nearly three-quarters of young people say their relationship with their parents makes them happy.

Makes me think – how as a student ministry can we better create times of positive interaction for families?

Your thoughts?

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