The key to happiness in a marriage is apparently all to do with height difference

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Forget shared interests, it's all about height difference

When you think of what makes a marriage work, we think of things like shared interests, senses of humours, and similar life stages. Height difference is probably something we wouldn't consider vital to maintaining a relationship. 

But it seems that may be the case. In a study published in the 'Journal of Personality and Individual Differences' and reported on by The Telegraph, it was revealed that the greater the height difference between the couple, the happier they tend to be.


7,850 women were studied, and the researcher discovered that a greater height difference in a couple directly correlated with the wife's happiness, although that weakened over time and went away after 18 years of marriage.

Lead researcher Kitae Sohn said there are heaps of reasons why women are happier with a taller husband.

"One is the intrinsic value of height; that is, women simply like tall men, while unable to say why. This is similar to people favouring fatty, salty, and sugary foods without knowing exactly why: such foods are essential to survival but were scarce as humans evolved – hence craving such foods increased reproductive fitness in the past."

He added that the research discovered women who went for taller men tended to be more fertile because of it.

"Women evolved to prefer tall men because they were perceived to be stronger, and naturally they are happy when they have what they like."

While we'll be taking this research with a grain of salt, it's an interesting finding.

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Written By Gemma Prendergast

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