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!


  • Ahaha nice to know!
    Hubby is significantly taller than me and always says he forgets how short I am until he hugging me.
    I think he’d be pleased to read this article.


  • I’m only 5’1 so I could pretty much have a successful relationship with any man :)


  • My husband is definitely taller than me, but I wouldn’t say substantially. I don’t think it will the end of us though!


  • I guess tall guys give the impression that they can be a good protector and leader because of their presence and that is attractive to some women.


  • I love Kristen and Dax… couple goals!


  • I believe that humans has evolved significantly since the hunter gather times, and height is just another type of physical attribute that some people are drawn to while other may not be.


  • I’ve always had a weakness for tall men.


  • First relationship, he was shorter than me. Didn’t work out.
    Second relationship, he was same height. Didn’t work out.
    This relationship, he is much taller than me. Working out pretty well.


  • We are basically the same height so my fiance hates when I wear heels!


  • I’m a shorty so being with taller men was always a given. It being an evolution thing does not surprise me, but I know in part I picked someone tall because I hoped our kids would get his height genes


  • oh yeah


  • I’ve always preferred my men taller than me. Feels weird being with someone shorter. I’m not super tall either so not hard to be taller than me haha


  • Seems a bit of a stretch……,.

    I guess it does prove that you can literally make the “data” support any far flung theory you like……


  • This seems rediculous lol.


  • Not sure that is why they have great marriages. Bit sad how people can use statistics to boost some in the community and neglect others.


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