A recent study showed sisters can be good for mental health. It suggested that having siblings of the same sex can protect teens from some of the unhappiness they may experience, and this was especially true for girls.
I don't know whether those findings are true. But I think having a sibling - a brother or sister - does enhance your well-being. It is good to have someone who has spent almost all his or her childhood with you and shares the same memories.
I have two sisters. I can't say they are both lovely or that we have never argued. In fact, I fought with them when we were young, and sometimes we would not talk to each other. But all these are precious memories to us. We laugh together when we talk about those times.
I am glad they are my sisters. They give me support and share my tears. Although we argue sometimes, I know we love each other. If you have siblings, you are lucky, so treasure them.
Yu Hoi-ying, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Hoi-ying. Many people who have siblings wish they were an only child as they find they have to compete for their parents' attention. There is also a lot of fighting, but the good times far outweigh the bad. As you grow older, you learn to appreciate and look out for each other.
There are many added benefits to having siblings. While most people think it is a good idea to avoid difficulties at all costs, the truth is that any challenge makes us stronger. That is why some employers prefer to hire workers who have had siblings, rather than single children. They can see the advantage of growing up without having easy access to whatever you want.
Siblings are so important to us, we should make an extra effort to take care of them. Hug a sibling today!