A study reveals that a substantial height difference might be the secret to a great marriage.

Relationships are built on trust, communication, respect and tolerance, but a recent study has pointed out that height may play a factor in the success of a marriage.

We like to think that relationships go beyond physical appearance, but given the role height plays in dating, vt.co says it’s worth exploring its effect on relationships.

It’s All About Evolution

In a survey of 8000 people, it was found that there was a correlation between a husbands height and his wife’s happiness. While this sounds strange at first, the study revealed that tall men tend to feel more confident and have higher self esteem than their shorter counterparts, making them more attractive. There’s also a slightly more scientific explanation, with evolution dictating that women would be most attracted to the tallest, strongest men because they were the best hunter-gatherers, and research highlighting that, in a modern context, employers consider tall men to be more trustworthy and skillful vt.co said.

Height Shouldn’t Be A Dealbreaker

While the research didn’t look good initially for short men and taller women, the study was quick to point out that height really shouldn’t be a dealbreaker in a relationship. The role of hunter-gatherer is long gone and there are many well known couples who prove that shorter men and taller women can have very successful relationships.

Just think of Carla Bruni and Nicholas Sarkozy, Alessandra Ambrosio and Jamie Mazur and our very own Nicole and Keith.

So let’s look beyond the height of a potential partner – you never know what you might be missing out on.

Are you in a relationship with a significant height difference? Tell us in the comments!


  • My partner and I are the same height. Over 30 years together says that worked for us


  • maybe if I make my husband wear stilettos he won’t be a miserable old man


  • I know I hated not being able to wear my high heels with my former husband as he felt inferior he said – but that’s when I did wear them when we were getting divorced. Love being able to wear really high, high heels with current husband and feel empowered in my heels and with my tall husband these days,


  • My hubby is taller than me and I am short, but I don’t think this is why we are happy in our marriage! I know people who are both tall or both short and they are equally as happy!


  • I’m 180cm. Not many men can make me feel short.


  • Well surely it’s just about the person and not the height


  • Great subject for a chat but I would not put much into this even if they back it with research.


  • I’m tall for a female so it’s hard to find anyone taller than me. My husband is just taller.


  • My hubby is taller than me but there’s a lot more to a happy relationship than height.


  • My husband is 6’8 so we are safe.


  • Nope, so i guess werr screwed. But we’ve been together now for 15 years.


  • Yes my hubby is taller than me but seriously I say piff to this story.

    • My hubby is 6’2+ & I’m 5’1”,we’ve been happily married for almost 37 years now,maybe there is something to the height difference then? lol


  • I’m 6ft and I’m a little bit taller than my partner. Height is definitely not something I looked for in a relationship. Personality all the way!


  • That’s a shame, looks like my relationship is about to crash and burn……after 30 years together mind you. I’m tall for a lady, 5’10, hubby is about a centimetre shorter. My daughter is also taller then her partner. My son is 6’6 so he should have no issues bring the taller one. According to this, that will be 1 out of 3 happy relationships

    • I think there would be heaps of others like you mom81879 …I say piff to this study/research.


  • Another one to add to the pile of “look what we’ve discovered but don’t take it too seriously”. The best marriages and relationships are the ones that are functioning in a healthy manner where both are happy.


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