Jan 4, 2013 1:23 PM by NBC News

Nice teens are also happier

Teens who are encouraged to engage in acts of kindness are happier and more popular.

Researchers at the University of California Riverside divided 400 preteens into two groups: one group was asked to perform kind acts, like share part of their lunch. The other group was asked to keep a diary of places they visited that they liked.

They found the teens who were proactive about kindness were happier, and were more likely to be chosen by their classmates as someone they would like to spend more time with.

Experts say these results could give some teens the tools they need to avoid being bullied.

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