Happiness and sisterhood

Two sisters by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

There’s an essay by Deborah Tannen in the New York Times titled “Why Sisterly Chats Make People Happier.”

The basic gist of this essay is that having sisters make people happier most simply because they talk, and not related to the subject of the talks. I do wonder if those with brothers feel similarly as well, even if this particular study says otherwise. I couldn’t quite gather from this essay why there’d be such a difference between the feelings of those with sisters v. those with brothers. If the gender of the sibling matters in one’s level of happiness, then do the genders of one’s circle of friends matter, too?

Speaking of ‘sisters,’ maybe someone should study whether those who joined sororities in college rate themselves as happier than non-Greek women.



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