A 2017 study of nearly 8,000 Indonesian participants revealed a correlation between the husband’s height and the wife’s perceived happiness. The study showed that the greater the height difference between husband and wife, the happier the wife will be. This seemed to be the case up to 18 years of marriage and then anything after that there was a clear, significant drop-off.
The study showed that height and the wife’s happiness had a correlation but it might not be strictly due to inches.
Other contributing factors such as income, self-esteem or confidence all played a key role in happiness.
The study showed that taller people might have greater earning potential thus resulting in happier spouses. The study said that taller men may appear more trustworthy and capable and thus are considered first for promotions and pay raises.
But the study also found that ‘the husband’s resourcefulness’ was only a ‘minor factor’ in the effect of height difference in the happiness of their wives.
Secondly, the study showed that taller men may be perceived as more attractive than shorter men and therefore experience greater life satisfaction. This increase in confidence and self-esteem may make it seem like taller men are more attractive. Furthermore, in terms of evolutionary biology, women may be more predisposed to prefer taller and bigger men since bigger men made for better hunter-gatherers during prehistoric times. In conclusion, the study showed that women who have taller spouses may feel happier just because they perceive their partners to be more ‘attractive, resourceful or happy.’ But the study insists that height shouldn’t be a deal breaker in relationships. A study in 2010 found that women did not feel more attracted to a taller man who expressed romantic interest in them. So despite any height, income, or resourcefulness factor, having a long-lasting relationship is more based on chemistry and empathy than other external, measurable factors.