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31st Oct 2023

Research finds having a sister can boost your mental health and self-esteem

There’s no doubt in my mind about this.

A recently published survey has revealed that having sisters can be good for your mental health and self-esteem.

If you are lucky enough to have a sister, you’ll likely already be aware of the positive impact they have on your life.

However, now there is concrete evidence to back it up.

A team of researchers from Brigham Young University conducted the study, which revealed some heartwarming results about the positive role sisters can play in shielding their siblings from negative emotional experiences.

According to the findings, having a sister can combat feelings of loneliness, be an invaluable emotional support system, and help tackle feelings of being unloved, hurt, fear, and insecurity.

All research points to sisters being emotional anchors who protect their siblings against many psychological challenges that their siblings may come up against throughout their lives.

Ultimately, the study highlights the significant influence that sisters can have over their siblings’ mental health and self-esteem by providing emotional security and connectedness.

Within the family dynamic, the findings underscore the importance of sibling relationships and the unique and beneficial role that sisters have in promoting positive and emotional well-being.

Next time you see your sister wearing your clothes without asking, you may want to let it slide.

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