When we were in high school, teen popularity was always big in our lives. Then, as we aged, teen popularity became insignificant. At the high school reunions, the individuals who were the stars turned out differently than the rest of the adults. When I went to my high school reunion, the individuals who were the most popular turned out to be average people in average jobs. When we thought about them at graduation, we may have assumed because of their teen popularity, they would remain the same in their adult lives and that they might be in high paying positions, own their own businesses, or part of the rich and famous. Instead, they were not the high income individuals, and the individuals who seemed to be the least popular were the most successful. Obviously, the teens who were quite popular appeared to be the happiest, had close friends and were able to adapt more readily to stress during adolescence. Researchers at the University of Virginia did a study of one hundred sixty-nine teens over a ten year period. The study included a diverse mix of students from a variety of economic backgrounds. In the course of the study, the individuals were asked to list their closest friends from age fifteen to their current age of twenty-five. This coincides with my opinion that during those high school years, the teens were happiest and able to adjust more readily due to their popularity. The end result was that teen popularity doesn’t always lead to happiness. In the Good Gus series, there was never a question of teen popularity. The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide. If your teen popularity waned now that you are an adult, don’t despair as a reader of this blog you will always be first with me! Please consider reading “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.