Being Close With Your Grandparents Means You’ll Have A Healthier Life

Grandmas and Grandpas everywhere, rejoice!

You now how another reason to spoil your grandkids, and it’s actually been recommended by scientists!

A new study out of Boston College looked at the relationship between a close relationship with your grandparents and your overall mental health, and what they found is pretty concrete.

“We found that an emotionally close grandparent-adult grandchild relationship was associated with fewer symptoms of depression for both generations,” said Sara M. Moorman, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute on Aging at Boston College. “The greater emotional support grandparents and adult grandchildren received from one another, the better their psychological health.”

It also benefits the grandparents as well! The study found that grandparents who gave (and received) tangible support like rides to the store, help with chores, or money when things get tight, experienced fewer symptoms of depression over time.