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Are Men Who Have Sisters Happier?

A recent study from Brigham Young University claims that men who have sisters are happier than men who don’t. The research is supported by a couple other studies that were released last year in Britain. So what explains this trend? What about having sisters makes men happier people?

At the New York Times, Deborah Tannen, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, surveyed over 100 women about their sisters. She found that men didn’t use sisters so much for emotional support — which many believe is the advantage of having sisters — but that they did talk to sisters more than brothers.

“If men, like women, talk more often to their sisters than to their brothers, that could explain why sisters make them happier. The interviews I conducted with women reinforced this insight. Many told me that they don’t talk to their sisters about personal problems, either.”

So in the end, men are more likely to talk at length to their sisters, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be about emotional things. In fact, maybe just talking more makes people generally happier.

From the NYTimes.

22 Responses to “Are Men Who Have Sisters Happier?”

  1. shenais

    it seems that men with sisters are more progressive and thoughtful. maybe that's just the men with sisters who i know personally.

  2. won

    Oyyy…. I hope not. My son has a sister, but he doesn't. She died when he was 7 and she was 11. I'd hate to think this could have that effect on him.

  3. karla

    I think it is, women make any change in any life and I'm agree with this "If men, like women, talk more often to their sisters than to their brothers, that could explain why sisters make them happier."

  4. Jennifer C.

    My dude would SERIOUSLY disagree with this study…he has two sisters..he is the middle child and they all loathe each other…his sisters team up on him and get their mom to their side and my dude and our kids are always left out…truly sad how they manipulate…so I'm going to say FAIL unless its only British males who feel this and not N. American ones!

  5. culinary&curious

    interesting. I have a friend who talks to his sister maybe 4 times a week, but he always seems so negative about their relationship. Might be a difference in cultures as Jennifer suggested above, but I think he put in a little effort, maybe he can score some happiness on the homefront 🙂

  6. Elijah

    I have to agree on this one. I have two sisters and I am the middle child. When we were younger, we always fight though it is part of our growing up together. As we grow older and gets mature, I make sure that I talk to my sisters. When I talk to my elder sister, we talk things in a mature way and it is different with my younger sister. When it comes to her, we talk about fashion or anything under the sun. She’s calling me her stylista. Lol. And it is a great deal to have constant communication with my sisters cause I know I have a healthy relationship with them.

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