I have a sister and we get along just fine. However, as children, we always fought and had different opinions on everything.
But, that is normal, and most importantly, we always loved each other. Science has finally caught up with the truth that having an older or younger sister can make your life better.
The results of a study done in 2010 were published in the Journal of Family Psychology. It involved testing 400 families with multiple siblings, where one of the siblings was around 10-14 years old.
Having a sister promoted positive mental health of the siblings. The results also showed that the brothers and sisters had a greater ability to empathize, resolve conflicts and communicate.
Laura Padilla-Walker, a professor in the university School of Family Life and the study’s lead author, said that even when there is fighting, and there is a lot, as long as they have affection, the positivity will win every time.
When siblings fight, they have to learn to regulate emotions. This is a crucial skill for later in life, as there are many adults that don’t know how to do it.
And even though they fight, it is always better to have someone, rather than feeling lonely at times. It isn’t shocking that girls are more talkative and communicative than boys.
If you have a sister, you are more likely to talk more than your friends who don’t have a sister. There are also good news for the sisters.
Boys who grew up with sisters are better communicators with women in general. What is most interesting, the study found out that after the siblings’ parents have passed away, sisters do more to keep the family together.
Despite the minor issues or arguments while growing up, they are just small bumps in the road. Remember that you can’t change your siblings, so always keep them close and your relationship strong.