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Having a sister makes you a better, kinder, more confident person, study finds

All those fights you had with your sister growing up, over clothes and stealing each other’s makeup, weren’t for nothing!

Research shows that having a sister makes you a better and healthier person. 

Having a sister makes you a better, kinder, more confident person, study finds

Having a sister makes you a better, kinder, more confident person

A study by Brigham Young University found that sisters gave siblings better mental health.

395 families with more than one child, who were at least between the ages of 10 and 14, were examined as part of the study, which was published in the Journal of Family Psychology.

Researchers looked into the dynamics between each family then followed up a year later. They found that having a sister, older or younger, helps you from feeling lonely, self-conscious, afraid, unloved and guilty.

“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,” says Alex Jensen, assistant professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University.

“They help you develop social skills, like communication, compromise and negotiation. Even sibling conflict, if it is minor, can promote healthy development.”

Having a sister makes you a better, kinder, more confident person, study finds

Sisters help make you more well rounded, kinder and giving because sisters often show love and affection more than brothers do.

And while siblings often fall out with each other, especially sisters, the tension isn’t always a bad thing.

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

“If siblings get in a fight, they have to regulate emotions. That’s an important skill to learn for later in life.”

So there you go, all those hairbrush fights were totally worth it growing up! Sisters rule.

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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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