Shared interests, a sense of humour and a healthy sex life maybe the ingredients that create a satisfying marriage.
But what makes a wife really happy, is a tall husband, as per a study.
Researchers discovered that the greater the height difference in a couple, the happier the wife was.
But the effect faded as the years went on, they found.
Couples with a big difference in height were found to have the happiest wives, a study has discovered
‘Although women prefer tall men in mating for evolutionary reasons, no study has probed 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, slowly weakened over time and totally dissipated by 18 years of marital duration’.
Dr Sohn, who examined data from 7,850 women collected from a long-term population survey, said there could be various 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,’ he wrote in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
Having a tall husband keeps wives happy – but only for the first 18 years of marriage until effect wears off
Women perceive tall men to be stronger, ‘and naturally they are happy when they have what they like’, he concluded.
‘But like other desired objects, pleasure from having them dissipates.’