about what makes young people happy came back with some surprising results.
The poll that was conducted on young adults between the ages of 13 and 24 found the thing that made respondents the most happy was their family.
There were other things as well, but not a lot of them were materialistic things. Interestingly, the poll was conducted by MTV and the Associated Press.
I found the poll results encouraging in a lot of ways and it gives me hope for the next generation.
I think too often we get focused on the negatives associated with a minority of any given generation or group. It's like the focus on Adam Jones with the Titans. The majority of the guys on the team are probably what we'd term as "good guys" but there's one bad apple who seems to get the headlines.
I think the same thing about kids today. When I covered high school athletics as the sports editor for a small-town paper, I found myself thinking about how I got to put young adults in the paper not for something negative, but something positive. Too often, if you see a high school or a college kid in the paper, it's for something he or she has done that isn't always the most positive thing in the world. But I was fortunate that I got to cover kids who were playing sports, participating in school activities, etc. It wasn't earth-shattering and it wasn't scandal ridden. But it did help remind that a majority of young people out there today are "good."
Sometimes we just need a reminder of that.
Labels: August happiness challenge
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/20/2007 08:30:00 PM