Sibling rivalry stems back to ancient biblical times with the story of Cain and Abel—two brothers in competition with each other for their father’s approval. Their story is rife with emotion, love, hate, and jealousy. It ultimately ends with pain and tragedy. The story of Cain and Abel highlights some of the unique aspects that set sibling relationships apart from all others. It’s a bond forged by both biology and circumstance. Siblings can be friend or foe, confidant or competitor. Siblings share the same biological genes and often the same environment growing up.
Let’s have 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 hear of the saying “blood is thicker than water”? This popular proverb implies that family relationships are more important than friendships and should be treated as such. Having a brother or sister can be good for your health. Research has shown that people who grow up with siblings are more altruistic.
Having a sibling can improve your mental health, make you happier and can help you live longer. One study published in the journal of PLoS Medicine found that people without strong family bonds died an average of 7.5-years earlier than those with solid connections.