It’s a tale as old as time. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that, but here to crush your dreams — of a lifelong romance that looks beyond mere vanities and into the very depths of your soul — are a bunch of scientists who discovered that women are happier with less attractive men.

In the name of science, 113 newlyweds were examined by researchers at Florida State University to discover how the respective attractiveness of partners influence the overall level of happiness in relationships.


So if you ever wondered why you often see a hot woman with a less attractive man, here’s why:

Results of the study confirmed that women are happier when their partner is less attractive than they are, because having a physically attractive husband may be accompanied by negative consequences like infidelity, especially if those wives are not particularly as good-looking.

Research also found that women with attractive husbands are more likely to diet and obsess over their own appearance. Like we don’t already have enough (non-relationship related) problems to worry about..

On the other hand, men tend to be happier when in a relationship with a partner that is more attractive. That could be why they go for women that are wayyy out of their leagues.

While it’s easy to speculate that this most likely happens as a result of a person’s self-esteem, there could be a number of factors at play — such as trauma from previous relationships or the fact that less attractive men are generally nicer than those who think they look like Michael Kelso.

At the end of the day, attractiveness is a subjective matter of opinion and preference. I say, be with whoever makes you happy, no matter how they look like!