Sibling rivalry dates back to ancient biblical times with the story of Cain and Abel, two brothers competing for their father’s approval. Their story is full of emotion, love, hate and jealousy. It ultimately ends in pain and tragedy. The story of Cain and Abel highlights some of the unique aspects that distinguish brotherly relationships from all others. It is a link forged both by biology and circumstances. Siblings can be friends or enemies, confidants or competitors. Siblings share the same biological genes and often the same environment while growing up.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes sibling relationships so unique and good for us …
1. Having a sibling is good for you
Have you ever heard of the saying “blood is thicker than water”? This popular saying implies that family relationships are more important than friendships and should be treated as such. Having a sibling can be good for you. Research has shown that people who grow up with siblings are more selfless.
Having a sibling can improve your mental health, make you happier, and help you live longer. A study published in the journal PLoS medicine found that people without strong family ties died on average 7.5 years earlier than those with strong ties.
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