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Grandmas May Feel Closer To Their Grandkids Than Their Own Kids, According To A Study

There are a lot of factors that contribute to human survival but grandparents are apparently one of them. In the past 55 years we've managed to find out that one big reason why we can now live so much longer than other species is thanks to our grandmothers.

Our grandmothers are often unappreciated because they're not the primary caregivers for their grandkids, yet without them, many families wouldn't have been able to make it as far. Let's shine the spotlight on them for a second to notice the impact that they have on their grandkids.

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The Grandmother Effect

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The "grandmother effect," was a term that started around the 1960s when researchers were trying to understand human survival. They found that grandmothers played a big part in raising children. From a genetics point of view, since the grandchildren carry a portion of their genes, grandmothers will instinctively want to help those children survive.

What happens is that grandmothers help alleviate some of the responsibilities of taking care of the child, especially in the early and difficult years which then helps those children have longer lives and even encourages the mother to have more children. Some studies have even linked being in grandparents' care wot better grades and fewer behavioral problems.

Grandmothers Play A Role In Survival

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There are a couple of studies that have proven the hypothesis of the grandma effect and show how much of an impact grandmother can have in the children's survival. If you want to talk numbers, a study of birth and death records in Finland found that having a maternal grandmother between the ages of 50 and 75 increased a child's survival rate by 29.5%.

A second study shows that it's not just the existence of a grandmother, that matters but her proximity to her grandchildren. The shorter the distance, the more involved she can be in the child's life and make an impact.

Grandmothers And Grandchildren Share A Special Bond

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​So how does this relate to why grandmothers feel closer to their grandchildren than their own offspring? Before explaining that, keep in mind how we found this out.

The study first measured brain function in 50 grandmothers with at least one biological grandchild between 3 and 12 years old. The grandmothers were shown four pictures: one of their grandkids, one of a random unknown kid, and another of an unknown adult and the same-sex parent of the grandchild. What they found was that the key was in their brain's association with emotional empathy. When they saw a picture of their grandkid, it activated those parts of the brain.

Grandmothers Have More Empathy For Their Grandchildren

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It turns out that it might all come down to empathy. The difference in seeing pictures of their grandchild instead of their adult child was that it activated different parts of empathy in the brain. With their grandchildren, the grandmas tried to emotionally empathize, but with their own kids, grandmas found themselves trying to understand what they were thinking instead.

This means that grandmas are able to connect with their grandkids on a more emotional level. Their emotional empathy towards them lets them feel joy when the grandkids are happy or bond over pain when the child is in distress instead of only trying to understand what's on their mind.

We Wouldn't Be Here Without Them

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​In simple words, grandmothers might just be hardwired to love their grandkids on such a deep emotional level that they feel what they feel. This level of empathy creates such a strong bond that has maximized the child's survival odds and longevity.

For many of us, we wouldn't be here without the love and support of our grandparents because when our parents just couldn't understand, what mattered to our grandparents wasn't understanding but being there for us.

From One Generation To The Next

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​What goes around comes around and that's the beautiful cycle of life. In other words, grandparents are helping the same children survive who then grow up to become their own loving grandparents in their own right. It all goes to show how much of an impact we each have on one another even with the smallest action, in a never-ending butterfly effect.

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The Four Zodiac Signs That Make The Best Husbands

Women give a lot of time and thought to their idea of the best husband. Most would agree that he must be caring, loyal, attentive, understanding, and independent. No woman is looking to marry a man-child who is just looking for someone to mother him while he contributes the bare minimum. The tricky part is that most men are skilled at charming women into thinking that they will give them the world only to later find out that this was nothing but a facade, an idea they presented but had no intention of maintaining.

Luckily astrology has shown that some signs hold traits and characteristics within their core that naturally give them an advantage. Their personalities hold the traits of the best husbands.

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Aries: A Man On An Honest Mission

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​Aries is the kind of man who steps up to the plate without waiting for an invitation. You don't need to ask him twice to take out the trash, because he loves to take charge and be proactive. When they're at their best, Aries men want to become the financial head of their family. They want to ensure that they are working independently to provide and care for the one they love to the best of their abilities.

What makes Aries men great husbands is that they take care of themselves first so that they can actually care for a partner. Sometimes this means that they'll avoid relationships and stay single for long periods of time before they feel like they're in the right place for marriage. However, they tend to be honest about where they are along their path and with their intentions, making them easy to trust and later upfront husbands. You usually don't have to play guessing games, as they'll lay out their cards for you straight on the table.

Leo: Carefree Nature

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Leo men usually have a carefree nature and are happy to do their own thing while letting their partner do theirs. They are easy to plan with and communicate with because they are just happy if you are happy. They're not the jealous type or the overprotective kind that needs you home by a certain time and feels the need to check your phone when you're not looking. The trusting and natural connection they build makes for healthy relationships where both partners are independent in their own ways but can unite in an equal partnership.

Leos are also known to be courageous. Their carefree nature allows them to take risks without overthinking the outcomes. They are likely to go out of their way to make the first moves and put in the effort. They will make their wives feel supported, protected, and lifted.

Virgo: Supportive And Thoughtout

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A Virgo man is husband material because he actually takes the time to think things through. He doesn't rush into relationships and commitments unless he truly feels that it is right. This means that once he chooses the woman he wants to marry, he becomes entirely loyal and dedicated to her. He's willing to work through the hard times and doesn't give up easily. He takes time during arguments to think of logical responses rather than fight in the heat of the moment.

Virgo men are good at providing validation and reminding their wives that they are loved and cared for. They take their hard work ethic with them in their relationships because they understand that love is a muscle that needs to be trained in order to keep functioning at a healthy level. When Virgo men make a promise, they keep it forever.

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Taurus: Protective Of The Heart

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​A Taurus man is both caring and loyal. He is the kind of husband who will always reassure you that he's on your team. He wants to face all your problems with you, not against you. You can count on him when you need support or even just a little help around the house. His reliability means that he always shows up, and remembers birthdays and anniversaries.

Taurus men have a great moral compass that easily guides them in their relationships. They hate to disappoint you so they go out of their way to make sure that you know how much they are trying to love you. Taurus is a romantic at heart, which makes him the ideal partner for a stable relationship that doesn't get comfortable and boring. From the moment he marries the woman he loves, he becomes protective of her heart

Cancer: A Lover Of Love

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Cancer men can't help but love everything about love. They can come off as needy but they are just craving to be loved the same intense, everything in, passionate way that they give love. They are emotional and sentimental making them some of the most romantic partners. They love to surprise their wives with flowers, or acts of service without being asked, just to see her smile at the end of the day.

They give a lot of affection and actually enjoy spending quality time with their wives. They are not confrontational and are great communicators. Marriages with them tend to be calm and patient because they don't let issues bottle up and talk calmly whenever there is an issue. They are genuinely kind and make caring partners.

Get Personal And Break The Cycle

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We don't blame you for being frustrated with dating but if you're struggling to find and keep a quality man click here to find out how to break the cycle. In any relationship, always look at how you feel and ask yourself: does this person make you love yourself more? Do you want to grow old with them?

Love is more than just kisses and butterflies, it's much more than that. If you want to know more on what your birth chart reveals about how you love and what you need out of a partner, check out this personalized report based on date of birth.

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