To every brother out there who is lucky to have a sister but refuses to accept, acknowledge or believe it – science has proved that having a sister makes you become a better person.
According to a report in Huffington Post, sisters help you become a better person by teaching you compassion, empathy, honing your interpersonal skills and communication skills – all at the same time.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Family Psychology shows that sisters can help boost your mental health and self-esteem.
Jensen said, “What we know suggests that sisters play a role in promoting positive mental health and later in life they often do more to keep families in contact with one another after the parents pass.”
This helps the sibling to not feel unloved, lonely, fearful or insecure.
A study from the Brigham Young University suggests that sisters help make you more compassionate, kind and giving.
Laura Padilla-Walker, a professor in BYU’s School of Family Life, said, “IF SIBLINGS GET IN A FIGHT, THEY HAVE TO REGULATE EMOTIONS. THAT’S AN IMPORTANT SKILL TO LEARN FOR LATER IN LIFE.”
Coming to the best part, sisters also help you develop your interpersonal skills and communication skills.
“Research has found that brothers who grew up with sisters are better at communicating with women than those who were only children or only have brothers.”
So that girl you’ve been trying to talk to and you finally did, turns out, you learn that from your sister too.
Lastly, sisters also teach you to be independent, ambitious and achieve a balance in life.
If you’re going to be asking me WHY or HOW sisters are capable of teaching all these things and not brothers, then here’s the answer.
It has everything to do with ’emotional expression’.
“WOMEN OPEN UP CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION AND IT BECOMES A MUCH MORE EXPRESSIVE SITUATION AND THAT’S POSITIVE. EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION IS FUNDAMENTAL TO GOOD PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND HAVING SISTERS PROMOTES THIS IN FAMILIES.”
Here are all the reasons why it’s awesome to have a sister, according to science:
Emotional Support And Less Stress
One benefit of growing up with a sister is that it can lead to less stress.
Since girls are more in touch with their emotions and are usually comfortable with sharing emotions, this means that you will have someone to go to when you are stressed and need an understanding person.
Having a sister in the family can help keep the balance of expressing emotions and not expressing them.
According to research done by the University of Ulster, sisters view life and circumstances in a more positive manner than other family members, so having this great outlook on situations can help to deter your stress also.
Since stress has such a negative impact on brain functioning, having less stress while growing up can make you better in a multitude of ways.
Another benefit of growing up with a sister is improved self-esteem. Having a sister around can help to prevent or quell negative feelings and emotions that lead to low self-esteem.
Studies have shown that people with a sister suffer less from anxiety, depression, loneliness, fear, and more. Children with a sister also feel more loved. Every child will experience negative emotions at some point–that’s life.
But it is important for their mental, physical, and emotional development that they aren’t plagued by these emotions.
Growing up with a sister can help them cope with these emotions in healthy ways so that they can have a happier childhood which will lead to a better adulthood.
Anger Management And Compassion
Improved conflict resolution skills is another benefit of growing up with a sister. Remember that sibling rivalry we mentioned?
All that fighting and arguing is actually beneficial to a child’s development. It teaches them skills such as anger management, compassion, reasoning, self-control, fairness, and more.
All of these skills lead to a child becoming a more well-rounded adult who is in tune with their internal feelings.
So every time you called your sister ‘rotlu’ or the next time you get annoyed with a girl being expressive of her emotions, remember, they’re teaching you important life skills.
Source: storypick.com, apost.com