Wives With This Type Of Husband Have Happier Marriages, Study Says

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Wives With Taller Husbands Have Happier Marriages

Who knew!?

When you fantasized about your storybook wedding, did you picture your dream prince as much taller than you? You actually may have been on to something.

A recent study has found that a greater height difference in a couple makes for a much happier marriage. You wouldn't think that height differences would have any effect on how happy or unhappy a marriage would be, but researchers from Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea found otherwise.

There's a caveat, of course; just like with any fairy tale, this extra boost of happiness that comes from a height discrepancy only lasts 18 years. But still, 18 years isn't too shabby, and I'm not sure even a fairy godmother could guarantee more years of intense happiness than that.

For the study, 7,850 women gave their height, their partner's height, and answered a questionnaire about the status and health of their relationship. While the reason that women are attracted to tall men has been studied, what happens after the relationship is established hasn't been looked into.

Lead researcher, Dr. Kitae Sohn, said, "Although it has been known that women prefer tall men in mating for evolutionary reasons, no study has investigated whether a taller husband makes his wife happier."

There are many reasons why a taller husband was linked to a happier wife.

"One is the intrinsic value of height; that is, women simply like tall men, while unable to say why," Dr. Sohn said in the journal, Personality and Individual Differences. "This is similar to people favoring fatty, salty, and sugary foods without knowing exactly why: such foods are essential to survival but were scarce as humans evolved. Hence, craving such food increased reproductive fitness in the past. Similarly, the female preference for male height increased women's reproductive fitness."

Since (by evolutionary standards) women had a higher quality partner, they may tend to see their relationship in a very positive light. Unfortunately, that bright view dims over time, and after 18 years the wife is as happy as a couple of the same height or where the wife is taller.

Still, having extra happiness in a marriage for 18 years is impressive — not even Cinderella had that.