I do have a sister, and we live each other. But when we were a lot younger, we quarreled a lot. But that’s what siblings do.

And although I have always thought this to be true, scientific reports have validated my belief.

You see, the results of a scientific study done in 2010 and published in the Journal of Family Psychology, showed that having a sister was a big boost towards better mental health.

In this study, over 300 families were examined. They had many siblings of ages 10 to 14.

The findings showed that these siblings could communicate, empathize and resolve social problems and they could do it significantly better than others.

The lead author of the study, Laura Padilla-Walker, a professor in the university’s School of Family Life said although they would fight a lot, “as long as they have affection, the positive will win out.”

When they have a misunderstanding with each other, siblings should be able to control themselves to act respectably.

That is an important social skill for the future. Also, siblings growing up without being lonely. And that helps them to learn how to effectively communicate with each other.

With little boys who have sisters that can be an advantage for them since they learn to communicate with their sisters.

Helping them later in life when they communicate with the opposite sex.

This study was brought to light when another study was recently released. It showed that as much as parents and older kids influence the younger kids, the case can be said for older kids.

They learned to be more open-minded and have empathy as they deal with their younger siblings.

This study had to examine over 400 pairs of siblings who were above 1½ years old and below 4, to find out the level of empathy before an after a second sibling was introduced to the house.

And the results showed that the levels of empathy increased after a second sibling was introduced to the family.

So although you may be having some squabbles with your siblings, just remember that they are to be loved far above the mini problems you have with each other.

They are and will remain part of your life. Always work towards strengthening the bond between the 2 of you.