Having a sister is pretty much the best thing that can happen to you – and here is why
Having grown up with an 18 month younger sister, I know that feeling of pretty much having a built-in best friend around at all times.
And that is not to say that my sister and I didn't fight, because, trust me, we did. In fact, my mum frequently retells stories of road-trips where she spent most of her time wedged in between the front- and backseats if the car, somehow trying to physically hold us apart from each other – as, you know, there was a lot of the aul' "SHE HIT ME" or "SHE BREATHED ON ME" going on.
As I well imagine is the case in most families.
However, when we weren't fighting, we were best friends and each other's fiercest protectors.
So, yeah, sisters are great. And not just in the sense that you have someone to borrow shoes from or someone to call when your boyfriend dumps you and you just need someone who will say all the things you need to hear ("OF COURSE you are way too good for him!")
No, researchers have now found proof that having a sister literally will make you a better person too.
According to a study conducted at Brigham Young University, researchers there found that having sisters boosts both 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.