National Sibling Day

National Sibling Day is recognized on April 10 and was created to honor our brothers and sisters. This day is relatively a new “holiday” in that it was founded by New Yorker, Claudia Evart in 1995 after losing both of her siblings in separate accidents.  Evart created a Sibling Day Foundation which involved naming April 10 as National Sibling Day. She decided upon April 10 in honor of the birthday of her late sister.

In the United States roughly 80% of people have siblings and there are many cute and simple ways to celebrate if you are a part of that 80%. Though not as big as a holiday as Mothers Day or Fathers Day, it would still be sweet to get your brother or sister a small gift or to go out to dinner tonight or at some point this week. If you don’t live in the same area of your sibling, be sure to give them a call or text today to thank them and to remind them how much you love them.

Growing up with sibling can be a bittersweet experience. One minute they are driving us crazy and the next we can’t stop laughing at an inside joke from years ago. Here are some fun facts that I’ve found about having a sibling.

Research has shown that having siblings can affect different parts of your lives including your intelligence, personality and even your mental health. But with any study, one should not generalize and take the data found with a grain of salt.

 

One study in the Journal of Individual Psychology found that people tend to form relationships with other people that are the same birth order that they are. So if you are the youngest child, there is a chance that you would be more likely to date or marry the “baby” of another family.

 

One study in the LiveScience Journal found that older siblings tend to have a slightly higher IQ than their younger siblings. While older siblings might have a higher IQ, University of Chicago’s Center for Aging found that younger siblings can live longer than their elder siblings.

In the book, The Sibling Effect, by Jeffery Kluger, he highlighted a set of studies that found that men who grew up with sisters were much better at starting conversation and flirting with the opposite sex than men who grew up alone or only with brothers.

No matter where you stand with your sibling, reach out to them today and tell them how much you love and appreciate them! (No matter how crazy they might be!)

Happy National Sibling Day!

 

 

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