Ever wonder why so many women prefer men who are taller than they are? Sure, it might be nice to wear high heels without feeling like you’re towering over your man – but there might be a more scientifically grounded reason to wanting a substantial height difference in your relationship.
One recent study suggests: taller men could mean happier relationships!
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 (3, 5). 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 (1).
So maybe self-esteem is to blame. After all, taller men may be perceived as more attractive (7) – and experience greater life satisfaction (4, 6) – 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 (1).
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.
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 (8).
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
Could a taller man mean greater happiness in your romantic relationship? Of course. But you should never let height difference be the deciding factor in determining your ideal partner. You do you – and find whoever makes you happy!