Height difference is the key to a happy marriage

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The taller the man, the happier the woman will be, according to a study by researchers at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. The greater height difference is the key to a happy relationship, the researchers conclude.

The study analysed data from 7,850 women, indicating that relationships are happier if the man is taller than the woman. However, the researchers pointed out that this type of relationships falter because the pleasure derived from being with taller men declines over time.

"The long period of the dissipation indicates a powerful impact of male height on women's psychology, probably prepared by evolution," said lead researcher Kitae Sohn, the Daily Telegraph reports. "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."

Women simply like taller men without giving the exact reason why. Kitae compares this preference to people favouring salty, fatty or sugary foods without giving valid reasons for such cravings. She also states that more fertile women looked for height in men. She says that this is most likely due to evolution.

"Women evolved to prefer tall men because they were perceived to be stronger, and naturally they are happy when they have what they like. But as for other desired objects, pleasure from having them dissipates. What was surprising is that the complete dissipation took 18 years." Kitae concluded. "Still, for the first two decades of the relationship at least ‘male height has a powerful impact."

Carmen Harra, the relationship expert at Huffington Post, said that intimacy should not be restricted in bed to make relationships last. A simple touch, deep conversations and understanding of each other’s needs heighten intimacy while forcing your partner to change or having a huge ego destroy relationships. Above all, loving oneself is important to bond with your partner. Embracing one’s flaws, having realistic expectations and acknowledging mistakes encourage your partner to love all of you as well.

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