Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sisters Make a Happier Home

Since we will soon have two daughters in the house, I found this rather encouraging. Researchers are saying that having a sister makes you happier and more optimistic. The Telegraph reports:
    Growing up with at least one girl in the family also makes people more able to cope with their problems, according to the study.

    Daughters tie loved ones closer together and encourage them to communicate their emotions more effectively, the researchers believe.

    Prof Tony Cassidy, from the University of Ulster, who carried out the study with researchers from De Montfort University in Leicester, said that having a sister helped to promote good mental health.

    He said: "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."

    Girls who had sisters also tended to be more independent and keen on achievement, according to the findings.
The article reminded me of Dawn's favorite song from the movie White Christmas:

6 comments:

mshel333 said...

Do you remember your own sisters singing that song? lol You were a great big brother!

Dawn S. said...

I totally agree with this and decided after dating a guy with no sisters that I wanted to marry someone who did have sisters. Not universal, but I found that the boys who had sisters were more patient and considerate! SOOOO I didn't marry you because you can cook, honey, I married you because you have SISTERS!

Barb P. said...

My kids absolutely love White Christmas!! We watch it every Dec. 1st! They love the sisters song!! Waiting to have your girls home! Hugs

Greg's Wife said...

Oh good night! I'm going to have that song stuck in my head for a week!

This post makes me think we need some girls up in this hizzy.

Katy said...

That is great...yay for girls! Having sisters didn't make my brothers more patient though, LOL...

Magie B said...

The Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye version takes the cake anytime ;)

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