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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.