Supposedly told by Abraham Lincoln
One day a husband and wife were living peacefully in their cabin after more than twenty years of marriage. Suddenly a ravenous bear breaks into the cabin. The husband tells the wife to go to the corner while he fights the bear. The husband and bear go to it tooth, claw and Bowie knife. The carnage is terrible.
The wife, looking on from the corner, shouts out, “Go to it, husband!” Then she thinks for a second and shouts out, “Go to it, bear!”
I believe my wife has made a good choice then:
The best marriages are those where women marry men who are less attractive than themselves, research has found.
Psychologists who studied newlyweds found men who were better-looking than their wives were more likely to be unhappy and have negative feelings about their marriage.
In couples where the wife is more attractive, both partners tended to be very content.
The research, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, suggests that, in evolutionary terms, women are less choosy about their man’s looks as long as he is able to help them reproduce.
Men, however, are programmed to choose a mate who is most likely to pass on their genes and look for youth, health and physical attractiveness.
The tests involved 82 couples married within the previous six months.
However, if you are looking at only 82 couples married within the last 6 months, I would say that your sample might be a bit small and a bit biased toward those who are still within that lovely “honeymoon” glow.
They need to follow up with about 1000 couples that have been married for 10 years or more. Actually, I’m sure the results will be reinforced even more. But then – most women are better looking than most men, so the natural statistics will simply come out in their favor.