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Peer Pressure: How It Affects You

How you eat, exercise, and feel is influenced by your friends.

Peer Pressure and Your Mood continued...

Meanwhile, make a list of qualities you want and don't want in your friends (like "makes me laugh" or "a good listener"). If you find that your list doesn't match up with your current friends, brainstorm about where you can find more friends, maybe through a club or class that focuses on your interests. Maybe do something you've always wanted to try, like checking out a skateboarding park.

"Or, if you're not sure what to do, try charity work," suggests Ermer. "People who want to do things for other people tend to be very accepting. Doing something positive for other people will rub off on you, too."

Reviewed on January 12, 2012