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This from BBC News: Sisters ‘make people happy’

Sisters “make families more open and willing to talk about problems” Sisters spread happiness while brothers breed distress, experts believe.

Researchers at The University of Ulster quizzed 571 people aged 17 to 25 about their lives and found those who grew up with sisters were more likely to be happy and balanced.

Their findings, presented at today’s British Psychological Society meeting, suggest that having daughters made a family more open and willing to discuss feelings. The influence of girls was particularly important after distressing family events such as marital break-ups.

Lead researcher Professor Tony Cassidy said: “Sisters appear to encourage more open communication and cohesion in families. However, brothers seemed to have the alternative effect. Emotional expression is fundamental to good psychological health and having sisters promotes this in families.”

Emotional intelligence. It starts early. And we can help our kids develop it, girls and boys. We’ve certainly been seeing enough of what life looks like without it…

Copyright © 2009 Marlin S. Potash. All rights reserved.

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