If you are lucky enough to have a sister, you should know that a study finds that having a sister makes you a better person. A sister is one who reaches for your hand and touches your heart. 

 

Having A Sister Is A Wonderful Thing

I am so lucky to have a sister. When were little, we used to fight a lot, but my mom always told us that one day we were going to be best friends and we were going to be able to count on each other for everything. And mom is always right! My sister is my best friend now and I feel so happy and fortunate to have her in my life.

All the childhood memories, the ups and downs, the arguments, the history, the values. We always found a solution to our problems because we loved each other. I can say now with certainty that my sister is someone I can fully trust. We have shared so many unforgettable moments. And now being able to share the experience of motherhood with her is simply AMAZING!

Yes, sisters are soul mates, best friends, and according to a study, they also make you a better person. Turns out a sister could teach you a lot about conflict-resolution, empathy and how to nurture others. When traveling life’s journey it’s good to have a sister’s hand to hold on to.

 

Study Finds Having A Sister Makes You A Better Person

Researchers from Brigham Young University found that having sisters boosts your mental health and self-esteem, and that people with sisters find themselves striving to protect them from “feeling lonely, unloved, guilty, self-conscious and fearful.” And obviously, working so hard to protect someone from those kinds of feelings makes you a more nurturing, empathetic person.

Having a sister makes you more compassionate

This is what assistant professor Alex Jensen from Brigham Young University, who has written several studies on sibling relationships, had to say about the study:

“What we know suggests that sisters play a role in promoting positive mental health,” Jensen explains. “Later in life they often do more to keep families in contact with one another after the parents pass.”

And don’t worry if you tend to get into arguments with your sister – these are also good for both of you. “They help you develop social skills, like communication, compromise and negotiation, even sibling conflict, if it is minor, can promote healthy development.”

So, it turns out a sister can teach you about compassion and how to become a kinder, more giving person. If you have one you will definitely learn how to be more patient, work as a team, negotiate, and share your stuff too.

 

“Even if there is a little bit of fighting, as long as they have affection, the positive will win out,” lead study author 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.”

 

Brothers benefit from having sisters too!

In fact, 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. (This applies the other way around, too.)

“Some research suggests that having a sibling who is a different gender from you can be a real benefit in adolescence,” Jensen told Motherly. “Many of those sibling pairs become closer during the teen years because they become good sources of information about the opposite sex.”