We’ll be celebrating Wife Appreciation Day on September 20. Held on the third Sunday of every September, it’s a day that gives an extra chance for those lucky enough to have wives to show some much-deserved appreciation. Wives usually keep their spouses centered, grounded, and inspire those they love. They are also, undoubtedly, cherished by their families and impact greatly on their spouse’s everyday life.
Although we’re sure that all wives are appreciated, some recent studies suggest that short wives who have tall husbands could be appreciated that little bit more, at least if happiness is an indicator. A recent study by Kitae Sohn found that couples have the happiest marriages when short women tie the knot with taller men.
Femininity and gender stereotypes
Kitae Sohn’s research collected and analyzed data from 7,850 women, with the results showing that wives’ happiness is directly linked to their husband’s height. Sohn says that women may be intrinsically attracted by taller men because they can’t explain their choice. However, the study came to the conclusion that height matters for the first 18 years of marriage only.
Further to this, according to research from Rice University and the University of North Texas, the height of a potential partner is of more concern for women than men, with the two main reasons being femininity and protection. One of the women from the study said, “As the girl, I like to feel delicate and secure at the same time” She added, “Something just feels weird in thinking about looking ‘down’ into my man’s eyes. There is also something to be said about being able to wear shoes with high heels and still being shorter. I also want to be able to hug him with my arms reaching up and around his neck.”
George Yancey, a professor of sociology at the University of North Texas and the study’s lead author said, “The masculine ability to offer physical protection is clearly connected to the gender stereotype of men as protectors. And in a society that encourages men to be dominant and women to be submissive, having the image of tall men hovering over short women reinforces this value.”
Does taller height equal more income?
In another study, a direct correlation between intelligence and height was found to exist. The study, conducted by the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina, found that on average the taller you are, the more you earn. Whilst the research suggested that taller men are smarter, it is important to note that it’s obviously not a universal truth that short people aren’t as smart, the results are just an average and intelligence varies from individual to individual.
One more study suggests that height is also directly linked to interpersonal dominance and social status. This is explained by the fact that tall men are more likely to participate in social activities. Doing so, they accumulate social adaptability that helps them achieve higher goals
Short or tall, wives should always be appreciated. Spend Wife Appreciation Day letting your spouse know how much they mean to you.