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So, if you've ever dabbled in the world of online dating you'll know that height is a big factor when searching for a partner. 

Most daters feel obliged to share their inches with potential matches, and it seems they may have good reason. 

According to a recent study, couples with the biggest height differences, specially shorter gals and taller guys, actually have the happiest relationships. 

Researchers surveyed 8,000 participants and found that both men and women enjoyed greater relationship satisfaction in a tall/short pairing. 

The results also revealed how taller men are assumed to be more trustworthy and capable by employers, making them more likely to earn raises or promotions.

As with most of our romantic instincts, it seems evolution has a big part to play. Going back to prehistoric times, women were more attracted to taller men as they were seen to be better hunter-gathers. 

“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. A greater height difference in a couple was positively related to the wife's happiness,” explains Dr Sohn in the Journal Of Personality and Individual Differences. 

However, the study found height is only a factor for the first 18 years of marriage. After 18 years, height doesn't matter.



It turns out, which isn't too surprising, that having a laugh with your partner is a good indication of the well-being of your relationship. 

A study that was published in the Personal Relationships journal tested 77 couples who had been in a relationships for an average of four years. 

During the study, psychologist Laura Kurtz asked the couples to describe how they first met and Laura and her team looked out for signs of spontaneous laughing. They measured how often and for how long each couple laughed together during the testing.

Following this, each couple filled out a survey explaining their satisfaction and their closeness in the relationship and Laura explained that "In general, couples who laugh more together tend to have higher-quality relationships.”

The psychologist then explained that "We can refer to shared laughter as an indicator of greater relationship quality.”

So it turns out as long as couples laugh together, they are sharing moments that strengthen their relationship as “moments of shared laughter are potent for a relationship. They bring a couple closer together.” 

Who new a good joke was so important?


As much as we girls would like to blame the men in our lives for the issues in our relationships, we may have to consider the fact that we’re not always the most pleasant people on earth.
We bombard our boyfriends with tons of questions, despite the fact that we know we’re annoying them and let’s face it, a lot of the time it’s because we’re feeling a little insecure…or nosy. But they’re our boyfriends – isn’t answering our questions part of the job description?
Let’s explore the most annoying questions we attack our other halves with regularly.

1. Why are you being weird?


There’s a 98% chance that your partner isn’t being weird at all. In fact, chances are he probably just isn’t giving you the attention you want at the moment; ergo, why is he being weird?

2. Are you mad at me?


This may go hand-in-hand with #1, but this is our default question when our boyfriends aren’t talking to us or allowing 10-minute time gaps between text messages.

3. Can I have a jumper?


Boyfriend’s clothing items are essential to any woman’s wardrobe. It’s actually best to not even ask this question because your boyfriend is well aware he will never see that piece of clothing again. Just steal it! Chances are he won’t even realize it’s missing; just be sure not to wear it around him.

4. Where are you?

no more excuses

This question usually comes up whenever a girl’s boyfriend doesn’t respond to her texts or calls. She clearly assumes the worst, even though he is probably just napping.

5. Do I look fat?


There is no right answer to this question, even if you think you are telling your girlfriend what she wants to hear. Chances are you don’t really sound believable because you’re baffled she’d even ask this of you. ‘You are hotter than ever’ should drop right off your tongue.

6. Did you ever hook up with her?

Deny, deny, deny.

7. Do you watch porn?


Everyone watches porn (gasp, I said it!). For some reason, girls feel the need to question their boyfriends about this topic. Let’s be real for a moment: Do you really want him to answer this question honestly? That’s what I thought.

8. Where/what should we eat?


This is the biggest debate that occurs in any relationship. It’s just a meal! The thing is girls usually know where we want to go, we’re just thinking out loud by asking you.

9. Why is your mom such a bitch?


It may be true, but how would you feel if he said the same about your lovely mammy?

10. Do you want to be in a Facebook relationship?


NO! It’s 2014, there is absolutely no need to display your relationship like that. It’s childish and immature. If you’re engaged or married, good for you, go ahead! But when you inevitably break up, it’s really awkward when your friends can ‘like’ and comment on the activity.

11. Why is she texting you?


It’s my sister who text you, but still a threat is a threat and I’m just defending my relationship.

12. Do you think she’s pretty?


Men, this is a test, and if you answer yes, then, well, you fail.

13. What’s wrong?


Whatever is bothering your boyfriend probably has nothing to do with you. He’s probably just annoyed because Brian O’Driscoll is no longer playing…

14. Do your friends like me?


Let’s face facts, they probably like you as a person, but they don’t like the fact that you take their friend away from them.

15. Why don’t you want to hang out with my friends?


As much as you’d love to bring your boyfriend to girl’s night, that is the last thing he wants to do in his free time. You have your time; let him have his time.

26. Why do you have to watch sports every day?


Why do you shave your legs? Because it’s a lifestyle, that’s why.

27. Why did you like her Instagram?


“Umm, because she’s bungee jumping and how f*cking cool is that?” “Oh yeah, you’re right… but next time I won’t be so understanding”

28. Why don’t you ever listen to me?


Are you talking about your friend’s drama? Yup, that’s why he isn’t listening to you. If the conversation doesn’t directly relate to him, well then, he’s probably tuning you out.

29. Can we stay in tonight?


Isn’t the point of having a boyfriend to have someone to stay in on a Friday night with? My heel days are OVER..!

30. Are you really going to wear that?


“You’re wearing a weird aviator jacket to meet my friends for the first time… Why? ”