Shared interests, a sense of humour and a healthy sex life may all go a long way to creating a satisfying marriage.
‘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,’ said researcher Kitae Sohn, from Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea.
A greater height difference in a couple was positively related to the wife’s happiness. He added that the relationship between height and happiness ‘gradually weakened over time and entirely dissipated by 18 years of marital duration’.
Dr Sohn, who analysed data from 7,850 women collected from a long-term population survey, said there could be many reasons why a taller man 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.
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 for such foods increased reproductive
fitness in the past.