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Having a brother can help lower your stress levels, study finds

There are lots of studies on the benefits of having a sister, but what about the benefits of having a brother?

In fact, a study by Brigham Young University found that there are many amazing benefits of having a male sibling!

Having a brother helps lower your stress levels, study finds

The amazing benefits of having a brother

Researchers found that women who have brothers are better in dealing with the opposite sex compared to those who only have sisters or were the only child.

“Gender segregation in middle childhood means that children with a sibling of the other sex have unique opportunities to learn about how to interact with the other sex, including with their siblings, as well as with their siblings’ peers,” Susan M. McHale, director of the Social Science Research Institute at Duke, told Motherly.

“[Brothers are] a source of information and advice as adolescents begin to develop heterosexual relationships.”

Having a brother helps lower your stress levels, study finds

Brothers help lower your stress levels

What’s more, another study found that having a brother also helps make you a nicer person, makes you more sympathetic and can lower your stress levels.

Boys are often less sensitive and high maintenance than girls, so their personality can help calm you down.

According to research published in Developmental Psychology, brothers can help calm you down when you are feeling anxious or stressed.

Having a brother helps lower your stress levels, study finds

Other benefits of having brothers are they won’t steal your clothes or makeup or take up too much time in the bathroom.

Boys are often more competitive and sporty than girls, so their influence may rub off on you and help make you more tough and resilient. Plus, it’s always good to get a male perspective on your outfit sometimes!

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Editor with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. When Jennifer isn't trawling the internet for the latest celebrity gossip she is running around after her son Kian.

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