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The Secret To Being A Good Person? Having A Sister

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For anyone who has that annoying sister you somehow seem to still love at the end of the day, you’re in for some fascinating news. It turns out, sisters are good for more than just borrowing your favorite dress without permission and hogging the TV.

The Secret To Becoming A Better Person

Based on a recent study done by the Brigham Young University, sisters are in fact good for your overall emotional maturity. Alex Jensen, assistant professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University and the author of research into sibling relationships says, “They help you develop social skills, like communication, compromise, and negotiation.”

 

So, what do some of these benefits look like? Based on the Brigham Young University study, a sister can help prevent you from, “feeling lonely, unloved, guilty, self-conscious and fearful.” This sounds like a great reason to keep her nearby. Maybe take her out to lunch so you can catch up? If that’s not an option, don’t be afraid to give sis a call from time to time.

Powers Of Persuasion

Additionally, sisters can help you become a better communicator. Maybe you have an older sister you find intimidating. The skills you learn from communicating with that sister can be carried over into other relationships in your life.

Conversely, having a younger sister can teach you how to be empathetic and nurturing.

The Rationale

Laura Padilla-Walker, lead study and professor at BYU’s School of Family Life, says that “even if there is a little bit of fighting, as long as they have affection, the positive will win out.”

So, the take away here is that there is much that you can learn from your sister. She does a lot more for you than simply getting on your last nerve, so the next time you see her, give her a big hug.

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