Another Reason To Show Some Sister Love

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Another Reason To Show Some Sister Love
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After hearing news about a recent study out regarding the benefits of having siblings, you may want to call up your sister to thank her.  It was found that having a sister can decrease symptoms of depression and lessen the feeling of loneliness throughout your life.  The study, coming from Brigham Young University, shows that the sister to sister relationship has the best outcomes, but the sister to brother relationship also has many positive aspects as well.

What makes sisters so special?  A recent report from CBS News discusses the findings from the sister study.  Child psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, explains the reasons why a sister can lead to better mental health outcomes for her siblings.  Hartstein says, “Girls tend to be a much more social, interactive kind of role in a different way than a brother would.  So, it’s really also sister to sister.  That’s important to think about, is sisters are learning from their older sisters or younger sisters, how to be caring, how to look out for, how to watch out for emotional needs of one another.”

Even if the relationship you have with your sister is steeped in competition, researchers say this can be healthy too. Competition with a sister can help you later in life when you navigate through this type of conflict in the work place.  Jealousy can often enter into a sister relationship with one sister being more “famous” than the other, but the sister bond often wins out even through this type of conflict.  

Hartstein advises parents to encourage a deeper bond between their children by engaging them in activities they can do together.  The more siblings work together the more they will communicate. And even though this will sometimes lead to arguments, Hartstein says that as long as they talk it out later their bond will only grow stronger in the future.

What do you think of the recent study showing that sisters make siblings happier?

If you have a sister, do you feel you have benefited from this relationship?

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  • tjaksv By tjaksv

    I have an older sister and 5 younger ones ... as an adult I love having sisters and knowing we are there for each other no matter what... it sometimes makes me sad to think that my daughter will not be having a sister to grow up with.. because all us sisters are so close our kids are basically siblings and behave as such (my 3 year old niece tells everyone she has a brother & sister.. she is referring to my kids). I do try to foster a good relationship between my two children.. they really do care and look out for each other.

  • Brindamorr By Brindamorr

    I have to agree. I love all of my siblings so much, but my sister and I are each others pillars.

  • 2carrie2 By 2carrie2

    I have both older sisters and younger sisters and no matter what, they are always there for me when I need someone to talk to. My siblings are spread out through the world and no matter what we are there for each other.

  • flower54 By flower54

    I have an older sister, we always got along. I've moved, so we're not in the same area any more. But we talk to each other at 3 times a week. Our conversations are as if we were sitting & chatting over coffee. We are best friends can tell each other anything, talk about any problems or feelings, without judgement. It's all unconditional love. Have a sister is a huge benefit for me!!

  • dellie71 By dellie71

    As children, my (older) sister and I fought like cats and dogs. It wasn't until we both were married and had children that we really became close. Now, we both enjoy a very open, caring and accepting relationship with each other. As a matter of fact, we just returned from vacation where both of our families spent a week together at the beach! My sister and I know, that no matter what, we will be there for each other. I am truly thankful for my relationship with my sister. Oh BTW--we were both adopted at birth and have no genetic link whatsoever!

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