Study: High school popularity may not lead to happiness

What mattered more, according to the study published in the journal Child Development, is whether the teens had close friendships they maintained over time.

“Youth with higher levels of attachment to their best friends appear to have better psychological health, psychosocial adjustment, and even a more adaptive stress response during adolescence,” the study authors said. “In general, adolescents with high-quality close friendships report higher rates of overall happiness than those without.”