How Siblings Make You A Healthier, Happier, And Better Human Being

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We rounded up just a few of the many advantages of having brothers and sisters and if you have a few of your own, you'll totally relate to this!

Having a sibling is pretty darn awesome. Sure, there are times when we find, make fun of each other, drive each other crazy. But there are also times when the only person we want to confide in, is our sibling. They understand who we are and always have our back, just as we theres. Its only safe to say then that there are many advantages of having brothers and sisters. 

Our siblings are not just our best friends, but in more than one ways, they make us happy healthy and an an all-round better being. So we rounded up just a few of those advantages of having brothers and sisters. 

Advantages Of Having Brothers And Sisters 

1. Having a sibling makes you healthier

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Our closest relationships have a healthy influence on our mind and body and therefore, keep us healthy in the long run.

In fact, a 2011 Edelman Health Barometer global survey suggests that almost 46 percent of people (polled over 12 countries) felt that one of the advantages of having brothers and sisters was that they had a positive impact on their lifestyles.

Most polled participants said that their siblings encouraged and inspired them to stay fit and active. 

2. You feel less stress simply by hanging out with them 

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Your siblings will always have your back, no matter the situation. So in a way they are your true best friends. And if you feel this way, chances are you feel much more relaxed when you speak to them.

Research shows that being around your best friend reduces stress and experts even suggest that having a sibling can protect you from negative effects of stress during childhood. So if you really think about it, spending your one day off with your brother or sister can make you feel happy and less stressed.  

3. Siblings help you live longer 

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Your strong bond with your sibling can help you live a long and healthy life. Research shows that people who have poor social connections often have a high risk of passing away (7.5 years in advance than average). This, as compared to those who have strong bonds with their siblings and friends. 

This is mostly because our loved ones wish for us to take better care of ourselves and often serve as our strongest cheerleaders. No wonder it is often advised that if you feel blue, you must share your sorrows with your siblings and best friends.   

4. Elder siblings naturally become more responsible

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If you are an elder sibling, you know the drill. You already have the whole dependability thing down to a tee. Research also says that elder siblings also considered the more responsible and obedient ones. And, you are also more loyal and focus on family values. 

You are also the one your parents would come to, if they cannot get something through to your younger sibling. And vice versa. So that shows you are also more reliable.  

5. Younger kids are often more adventurous 

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Given that you an elder sibling to cover for you at home, you can take the liberty to try new things, be more adventurous and perhaps even funnier.

A 2015 survey shows that the younger siblings can keep you laughing out loud because they consider themselves funny. While an elder sibling may consider herself or himself to be a lot more serious.

This position where they may get away with a few things, also makes younger siblings far more adventurous.   

6. Reminiscing with old picture might perk up your mood

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If you have your older photo albums with you (the millennials might), then its time to browse through them one more time.

Studies suggest that going through old pictures and reminiscing about the "good 'ol days" can make you feel more optimistic and perk up your mood. This will also have a positive effect on your emotions and make you a lot more happy and loved. 

7. Don't forget to thank your sibling

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You may love your sibling, but its not often that you may openly acknowledge your feelings. But you must. Nobody hates to hear that they are loved and are always in somebody's thoughts.

You and your sibling have gone through so much in life, seen each others' highs and lows and have been each other's confidant. It's only logical then that you appreciate their effort, time and love towards you and acknowledge it.

Pick up your phone now and call your brother or sister to tell them how much they mean to you. You'll get the same response, we guarantee! 

Also read: Sticking your toe out the LGBTQ closet: Coming out to parents

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj