Dating down will make you happier?

I was recently lazing around on the couch watching a rerun of The King of Queens, when I started thinking about why you see so many attractive women with, how to put this kindly, slightly less attractive guys.

Turns out that both men and women tend to be more positive and happier when the wives are more attractive.

A group of psychologist did a study of 82 newlywed couples, where they studied the spouses supportiveness, as well as having the couples rate their satisfaction in their marriage.
This is what they found:
- Men who were more attractive than their spouses were less supportive than men who were were equally matched or less attractive.
- Men who were more attractive were less happy than others.
- Men and women tended to be more positive and happier when wives were more attractive than their husbands.
Attractive men are more likely to attract women, which could make them less satisfied and less committed.
Attractive women might not mind being better-looking because attractiveness might be less important long-term.
You can read the full study here.
I think this is attributed to a theory called the attractiveness halo, which says that a persons physical attractiveness exerts a generally positive influence on the attitudes and behaviors of observers. So the womans looks make the man happy, and in turn he treats her nicer, which in turn makes her happier around him. 
And then you have a happy little couple!
What do you think? 
Do you feel that these mismatched couples are happier than Brad and Angelina, or Victoria and David Beckham? 


Valerie said...

I totally saw this article and had to read it ASAP. I'm not saying I'm the most attractive girl out there, but I have been on a few dates with this guy that is absolutely amazing and hilarious, just not as physically attractive as the guys I usually date. It definitely made me think. I have dated a super hottie, and it was difficult because girls loved him (and looking back, i can see now he loved that attention. ass!)
Overall, it's important to remember that looks fade, and it's the personality that stays with a person.

Taj Acosta said...

This is so interesting. I was just looking at a picture of Harvey Weintstein (sp?) and Georgina Chapman and I thought what on earth does a beautiful woman see in this man besides $$? And this is probablly just that, he treats her amazing! Great blog! xoxo

Alicia said...

so so so true. i agree! i've totally found this to be true through dating experiences (years ago, mind you...lol)....

Gabby said...

So...you're saying I should pick some ug to date? Hmmm. :) Interesting article!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Interesting study!
I should date a psychologist?!

brooke said...

oh my goodness!!! this is nuts!!! and oh so interesting!

bananas. said...

Hohhhh! That vicki's secret model's man is cock eyed. It's distracting me like no other. It's like he's looking her and me at the same time!

drollgirl said...

so your telling me to date trolls? hahaha. i have lowered my standards a lot lately, but maybe i should go lower! ahahhahaha.

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Christy said...

Interesting study! seems to be true too!

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Heather said...

NO wonder my husband is so stinking happy. KIDDING. Nice to meet you. I enjoyed reading your blog.