Skinny Women Make Men, Er, Marriages Happier. And Heres What Makes Women Happier.

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Being thin is nice, but it's not the defining quality of a happy marriage. For women, at least.

A new, four-year study published in the July issue of Social Psychological and Personality Science of 169 newlywed couples asserts that marriages were found to be better when the wives were thinner than their husbands. Husbands were more satisfied initially, while the wives were more satisfied over time by having a lower body mass index than their spouses.

The lead author of the study put a positive spin on the findings, saying “There’s a lot of pressure on women in our society to achieve an often unreachably [sic] small weight. The great take-home message from our study is that women of any size can be happy in their relationships with the right partner. It’s relative weight that matters, not absolute weight. It’s not that they have to be small.”

Oh. OK. It’s good to know that wives don’t have to be small, just smaller than their husbands. No pressure, ladies.

Regardless, even though the studies say thinner women make everyone happier, here are a few things that make women happiest in marriage:

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  • When Husbands Have More Hair in Some Place and Less in Others 1 of 5
    When Husbands Have More Hair in Some Place and Less in Others
    Hair is good on the head. But when husbands have more hair in their ears and nose than, say, a woolly mammoth, that doesn't help make a marriage happier. It just makes wives cringe more, particularly when their husbands' eyebrow hair is long enough to braid. Fellas: Meet the tweezer. Or a pair of scissors.
  • When Husbands Lose Sleep Over Scheduling Conflicts 2 of 5
    When Husbands Lose Sleep Over Scheduling Conflicts
    It's lovely that so many husbands seem to sleep so well at night. But their snoring is generally a stark and immediate reminder to their wives that they are not sleeping. Planning and scheduling the life of a family doesn't stop when the last repeat of The Office ends at midnight. However, when it's the wives who are fast asleep and their husbands are instead up with worry about how to manage the pickup of one kid at ballet and another kid at soccer at the exact same time on the opposite ends of town, well, hell will have frozen over, but it will also likely make many women very, very happy, and well-rested.
  • When Husbands Have a To-Do List and Actually Do It 3 of 5
    When Husbands Have a To-Do List and Actually Do It
    Simply making a list of tasks doesn't accomplish anything. But having a to-do list and doing everything on it without making the wives chastise them like children to get it done will mean husbands are contributing to the healthy and happiness of a marriage and family. Trust us on that one.
  • When Husbands Do Today What They Could Have Put Off Until Tomorrow 4 of 5
    When Husbands Do Today What They Could Have Put Off Until Tomorrow
    Not everything has to happen this very second. But not everything has to wait until tomorrow, this weekend or next month, either. Happy wives will be happiest when things aren't continually put off until tomorrow. Because tomorrow is always a day away, and who has that kind of time?
  • When Husbands Read Stupid Studies And Say Earnestly That They Love Their Wives At Any Size 5 of 5
    When Husbands Read Stupid Studies And Say Earnestly That They Love Their Wives At Any Size
    It's fine that a new study concluded that marriages are happier when wives are thinner than their husbands. But the happiest women will be ecstatic if their husbands sincerely love them at any healthy size. Love shouldn't be conditional based on body mass index. For richer or poorer, for thicker or thinner — who else is willing to bet that the strongest marriages are those focused on what's happening inside, and not how the exterior package stands the test of time?

Source: ABC News

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