There are several reasons why our sisters are not just siblings but something a friend, a mother and even a teacher.
Growing up with your siblings may be one of the fondest memories you have from your childhood. While all of them are dear to us, we cannot deny that our sisters occupy a special place in our life. Though they might have bossed us around a bit, they always had a genuine affection for us. When our mums were away they were our caretakers and when we lacked a shoulder to cry, they had our backs. Therefore, the roles they have played in our life are numerous. Here are some reasons why you should feel lucky having your sister around:
Having a sister around helps you grow into a more communicative and expressive individual."Sisters appear to encourage more open communication and cohesion in families. However, brothers seem to have the alternative effect. Emotional expression is fundamental to good psychological health and having sisters promotes this in families," said Prof Tony Cassidy, a researcher to Telegraph.
They help you become people who can emotionally connect with others. This is especially true in the case of brothers who grow up sisters. Having them around will help you understand how to connect to other females better. “Many of those sibling pairs become closer during the teen years because they become good sources of information about the opposite sex,” said Alex Jensen, assistant professor in Brigham Young University and the author of research into sibling relationships, according to Huffington Post.
Sisters cultivate a lot of good character in us even without us realizing it. A study has shown how having them around can make you a kinder and a more understanding person. With the love and affection they show, they influence you to become better individuals. “Even if there is a little bit of fighting, as long as they have affection, the positive will win out. If siblings get in a fight, they have to regulate emotions. That’s an important skill to learn for later in life," said Laura Padilla-Walker, a professor in BYU’s School of Family Life to Huffington Post.
Though there might be fights and arguments, sisters help you cope up with the toughest situations in life. Be it heartbreak, a relationship query or a career block, they will help you cope with the stress. Having them around will save you from an emotional breakdown. "Emotional expression is fundamental to good psychological health and having sisters promotes this in families," says researcher Tony Cassidy at the University of Ulster, to Huffington Post.
There are days when you don't want to talk to anybody and may be feeling low. But when you have your sister around, she just listens to you and helps you move on from your negativity. They make you laugh and leave you feeling happier and merrier. According to Live Science, a study conducted said that sisters helped siblings overcome their negative emotions. It also found that those with sisters were less likely to show feelings of being lonely, unloved, guilty, fearful and self-conscious. They help boost your mental health.
Physical fights and war with words are not rare in a household with siblings. While some of us may think it is a negative thing, every argument you had with your sister has taught you something. She might have intimidated you but those experiences played out to be beneficial to you. Jeffrey Kluger, author of The Sibling Effect, says that you learn how to handle tough arguments and situations out of your control by interacting with your sister who happens to act like the fearless boss.