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Thursday, March 27, 2008

When she's hot & he's not there's better shot at happiness

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He may be a dog, ladies, but he'll keep you happy.

A new study reveals that women who wed men who are uglier than they will have a happier marriage than those with a more attractive mate. In couples where the wife is the hotter one, both parties seem to be content, found a study of 82 newlywed duos in the Journal of Family Psychology. "Both spouses tended to behave more positively when wives were more attractive than their husbands and more negatively when husbands were more attractive than their wives," said the study by UCLA's Benjamin Karney.

Karney also found that it doesn't matter how much better looking the wife is than the husband - just that there is a discrepancy. From Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller to Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, beautiful women have been marrying less attractive men through the ages. Consider Howard Stern and his fiancée, Beth Ostrosky; Christina Aguilera and her geeky husband, Jordan Bratman, or Sienna Miller's latest fling with homely actor Rhys Ifans.

According to the study, it is evolution that dictates that physical attractiveness of long-term mates is more important to men than to women. Men are looking for a way to carry on their genes and see physical attractiveness as an indicator of strong genetics. "Because physical attractiveness is less important to women, in contrast, relative attractiveness may only affect them through its effect on their husbands," the study says.

New Yorkers seem to agree.

Jesse Turcios, 32, thinks unattractive guys are an asset to their prettier counterparts. "My boyfriend is not so good-looking and I feel secure. It's not nice to say, but it's true," said Turcios, a stunning former bar owner from the Bronx. "He's a hardworking man who has a lot going for him." Ashley Freeman, who is 20 and single, believes going ugly might be her best bet for finding a keeper. "When a woman looks better in a relationship she feels like she has nothing to worry about," Freeman, who lives on Long Island, explained.

One explanation: Men are more motivated to hold on to a pretty wife. "When women who are really beautiful go out with men who aren't so hot, the men try harder so it makes for a better marriage," says psychologist Cooper Lawrence. "The women know that whatever goes wrong in the marriage, the husband is going to do whatever is necessary to keep it together."

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