Sisters ’make people happy’ 姊妹讓人快樂


Sisters spread happiness while brothers breed distress, experts believe.


Researchers quizzed 571 people aged 17 to 25 about their lives and found those who grew up with sisters were more likely to be happy and balanced.


The University of Ulster said having daughters made a family more open and willing to discuss feelings. They said the influence of girls was particularly important after distressing family events such as marital break-ups.


During the study, participants filled in psychological questionnaires which researchers used to assess a range of issues, including whether they had a positive outlook and any mental health problems.


Lead researcher Professor Tony Cassidy said: "Sisters appear to encourage more open communication and cohesion in families.


"Emotional expression is fundamental to good psychological health and having sisters promotes this in families."


He said many of the participants had been brought up in families where parents had split and the impact of sisters was even more marked in these circumstances.



breed:動詞,引起。例句:A swamp breeds mosquitoes.(沼澤孳生蚊蟲。)

distress:名詞,痛苦。例句:Many of the horses were showing signs of distress at the end of the race.(比賽到最後,許多馬都顯出一副痛苦的樣子。)

cohesion:名詞,凝聚力。例句:The lack of cohesion within the party lost them votes in the election.(黨內缺乏凝聚力導致他們流失選票。)

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