“Your Adult Siblings May Be the Secret to a Long, Happy Life”
The literature on sibling relationships shows that during middle age and beyond, your mood, health, moral, stress, depression, loneliness, and life satisfaction are tied to how you feel about your brothers and sisters!
In one Swedish study, satisfaction with sibling contact in one’s 80s was closely correlated with health and positive mood---more so than was satisfaction with friendships or relationships with adult children. And loneliness was eased for older folks in a supportive relationship with their siblings, whether they gave or got support.
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