In Brief: Dec. 25, 2000

BEST FRIENDS A study at the University of Maine proves what unpopular children have always known: it's more important to have a few close friends than it is to be popular with all your peers. Kids without one or more close friends in grade school are at higher risk for depression, anxiety and low self-esteem as they grow up. They are also more likely to have relationship problems as adults.

AGING GRACEFULLY According to reports in Psychology and Aging, older adults are more likely to live longer if they feel that they have control over their lives or fulfill roles...

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