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Short Women And Tall Men Make The Happiest Couples, Scientists Say

As it turns out, there might be a scientific reason why women on Tinder are always asking their male matches how tall they are.

According to this study out of Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea, short women who pair up with tall men actually make the best couples.

In fact, the greater the height difference between a married couple, the happier the wife is.

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And we all know a happy wife makes for a happy life, right?

So apparently, those Tinder girls are just trying to live their best lives possible and are not at all self-centered in their pursuit of happiness.

Researcher Kitae Sohn said the relationship between height and happiness was previously uncharted territory.

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"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," he explained in the study.

Data was collected from 7,850 women to determine the study's results.

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After analyzing all that information, Sohn confirmed that "a greater height difference in a couple was positively related to the wife's happiness."

The more inches separating the two, the better.

But why exactly *are* short women so much happier when they find themselves a tall man?

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"One [reason] is the intrinsic value of height; that is, women simply like tall men, while unable to say why," Sohn said.

There were a few other possible reasons given as to why women might feel happier with a taller man.

Those include the fact that taller men tend to feel more confident and have higher self-esteem, so that's always appealing.

There's also the job market factor to consider.

Some employers actually consider taller men to be trustworthy and skillful, so they're likely to earn more money, which leaves their spouses feeling satisfied and content in their relationship.

Of course, this wouldn't be a study about physical attraction without some fingers being pointed at evolution.

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Sohn explained that back in the olden days, women were drawn to tall men because they were perceived to be stronger, better providers, "and naturally [women] are happy when they have what they like."

I know, I know, but hear him out.

Perhaps throughout evolution, he theorized, that mindset has remained and influenced our choice in mate, whether consciously or not.

However, it's important to note that this height-to-happiness ratio was shown to significantly decrease as time wore on.

As Sohn explained, the relationship between height and merriment in a relationship, particularly a marriage, "gradually weakened over time and entirely dissipated by 18 years of marital duration."

"The wife might get used to her husband's height and its correlates such as physical attractiveness and strength," he said.

When the shine wears off, you realize you're married to a tall guy and that height's really all he's got going for him.

While some of these findings might concern the shorter fellas of the world, researchers caution people NOT to treat height as a deal-breaker.

After all, it's just one factor out of countless others in a relationship. And if nothing else, this study proves that height really isn't everything because at some point you ladies probably won't care that your man can change a light bulb without a ladder. What matters is what's on the inside.

Let's maybe not be so concerned with height when we're seeking out potential mates.

Let's all move far away from this mindset and oh, I don't know, just love the person.

h/t: Science Direct

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