The study also revealed that taller men tend to have happiest relationships in terms of sexual life. The study might be a bit discouraging for couples with normal heights but there is no need to consider it a universal law.
Could taller men make women happier?
A 2017 study of 7850 Indonesian participants answered: Yes! The greater the height difference between the husband and wife, the happier the wife was found to be. This effect appeared to be true for up to 18 years of marriage, after which the effect dissipated significantly.
Granted, income could have something to do with this. After all, taller people tend to have greater earning potential, perhaps because they may appear to be more trustworthy or capable. However, the above study found that the husband’s resourcefulness was only a minor mediating factor in the effect of height difference in the happiness of their spouses.
So maybe self-esteem is to blame. After all, taller men may be perceived as more attractive – and experience greater life satisfaction – than shorter men. It is also possible that women may be genetically predisposed to prefer taller, bigger spouses, given that bigger men made better survivors and hunter-gatherers in ancient times
In other words, women who have taller spouses may feel happier than women with shorter spouses because they perceive their partners to be more attractive, resourceful, or happy.
“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. A greater height difference in a couple was positively related to the wife’s happiness,” explains Dr Sohn in the Journal Of Personality and Individual Differences. The study further goes on to reveal that husbands play a rather significant role in building and making a relationship last and stand the test of time. Women with taller husbands generally tend to be happier in their relationships than most others.
On the Other Hand…
If you think the above study is a sign you should dump your current partner in search of someone taller, you should think again.
After all, everyone is different – and nothing proves that shorter men cannot make you feel just as attractive and content as taller men, especially if they are already attractive, resourceful, or happy. One study from 2010 even confirmed that women did not feel more attractive or valued just because a more attractive man – a taller man, for instance, as opposed to a shorter man – expressed romantic interest in them.
If you’re still not convinced that a shorter man could make you happy, check out the adorable chemistry between these tall Hollywood ladies and their shorter partners!
1) Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
2) Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
3) Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams
4) Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine