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Women seeking a lifelong mate might do well to choose the guy a notch below them in the looks category. New research reveals couples in which the wife is better looking than her husband are more positive and supportive than other match-ups.

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The reason, researchers suspect, is that men place great value on beauty, whereas women are more interested in having a supportive husband.

Researchers admit that looks are subjective, but studies show there are some universal standards, including large eyes, "baby face" features, symmetric faces, so-called average faces, and specific waist-hip ratios in men versus women.

Past research has shown that individuals with comparable stunning looks are attracted to each other and once they hook up they report greater relationship satisfaction. These studies, however, are mainly based on new couples, showing that absolute beauty is important in the earliest stages of couple-hood, said lead researcher James McNulty of the University of Tennessee. But the role of physical attractiveness in well-established partnerships, such as marriage, is somewhat of a mystery.

The new study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Family Psychology, reveals looks continue to matter beyond that initial attraction, though in a different way.

Supportive spouses

McNulty's team assessed 82 couples who had married within the previous six months and had been together for nearly three years prior to tying the knot. Participants were on average in their early to mid-20s.

Researchers videotaped as each spouse discussed with their partner a personal problem for 10 minutes. The tapes were analyzed for whether partners were supportive of spouses' issues, which included goals to eat healthier, to land a new job and to exercise more often.

"A negative husband would've said, 'This is your problem, you deal with it,'" McNulty said, "versus 'Hey, I'm here for you; what do you want me to do?; how can I help you?'"

A group of trained "coders" rated the facial attractiveness of each spouse on a scale from 1 to 10, with the perfect 10 representing the ultimate babe. About a third of the couples had a more attractive wife, a third a more attractive husband and the remaining partners showed matching looks.

Trophy wives

Overall, wives and husbands behaved more positively when the woman was better looking.

The finding "seems very reasonable," said Dan Ariely, a professor of behavioral economics at MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences and Sloan School of Management. "Men are very sensitive to women's attractiveness. Women seem to be sensitive to men's height and salary," said Ariely, who was not involved in the recent study.

In couples with more attractive husbands, both partners were less supportive of one another. McNulty suggests wives mirror, in some ways, the level of support they get from husbands.

"The husband who's less physically attractive than his wife is getting something more than maybe he can expect to get," McNulty told LiveScience. "He's getting something better than he's providing at that level. So he's going to work hard to maintain that relationship."

Men who are more attractive than their partners would theoretically have access to partners who are more attractive than their current spouses, McNulty said. The "grass could be greener" mentality could make these men less satisfied and less committed to maintain the marriage.

Physical attractiveness of husbands is not as important to women, the researchers suggest. Rather, wives are looking for supportive husbands, they say.

So it seems the mismatch in looks is actually a perfect match. "Equitable is unlikely to mean the same on every dimension," Ariely said during a telephone interview. "It just means that overall two people make sense together."

Yahoo Science


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This was posted a few days ago, so someone beat you to the draw.

So what, i just found it today at Yahoo.com... any problemo?


CITIZENSHIP 06-19-2013 Sent N400 Application (Chicago Lockbox)


06-21-2013 USCIS received my N400 application


06-25-2013 USCIS mailed the NOA1


06-28-2013 USCIS mailed the Biometrics appt


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02-20-2014 mailed I-130 for my parents


02-24-2014 USCIS received the I-130 docs


03-17-2014 USCIS approved the petition (took 15 days, weekdays only)


03-25-2014 USCIS shipped the approved case to NVC


04-02-2014 NVC received the papers (6 days from the approval date)


05-01-2014 Got the 2 case numbers. (21 days)


05-07-2014 Got an email & paid the AOS fee (4 days); DS-261(Choice of Agent) sent


05-09-2014 AOS status "PAID" (2 days from the date the was paid)


05-22-2014 AOS docs delivered in NVC


06-27-2014 RFE for I864 and I864A (i left the Place of residence blank, 26 days from the date they received the AOS)


06-28-2014 Mailed the corrected forms to NVC


06-30-2014 NVC received the AOS corrected forms


07-01-2014 Received IV Bill Invoice, paid.


07-02-2014 PAID status of the mother


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07-08-2014 Mailed the supporting docs


07-10-2014 Supporting docs arrived at NVC


07-11-2014 Submitted DS260 of mother


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09-04-2014 Called NVC and the lady said CASE COMPLETE! (136 days total from the day they received the I-130)


09-11-2014 Received an email regarding the Interview (5 days from the day the case was completed)


09-15-2014 Status "In Transit" inCEAC


09-16-2014 Status "Ready" CEAC


10-03-2014 Interview/AP/USEM (no record of their medical,DAD needs to get an NBI explanation letter&new NBI clearance with his "aka"


10-8-2014 Mom called St Lukes and asked about the medical results, they said they submitted it already back in June


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Well, I'm uglier than a junkyard dawg but very supportive............. :devil:

I lied...................Pogi Ako!! :whistle:

muy gwapito and hermosa!


CITIZENSHIP 06-19-2013 Sent N400 Application (Chicago Lockbox)


06-21-2013 USCIS received my N400 application


06-25-2013 USCIS mailed the NOA1


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07-01-2013 Received NOA1 and Biometrics appt letter


​07-15-2013 Biometrics Appt.


08-27-2013 Interview/Test passed


10-07-2013 Oath taking


IR-5 MOM AND DAD


02-20-2014 mailed I-130 for my parents


02-24-2014 USCIS received the I-130 docs


03-17-2014 USCIS approved the petition (took 15 days, weekdays only)


03-25-2014 USCIS shipped the approved case to NVC


04-02-2014 NVC received the papers (6 days from the approval date)


05-01-2014 Got the 2 case numbers. (21 days)


05-07-2014 Got an email & paid the AOS fee (4 days); DS-261(Choice of Agent) sent


05-09-2014 AOS status "PAID" (2 days from the date the was paid)


05-22-2014 AOS docs delivered in NVC


06-27-2014 RFE for I864 and I864A (i left the Place of residence blank, 26 days from the date they received the AOS)


06-28-2014 Mailed the corrected forms to NVC


06-30-2014 NVC received the AOS corrected forms


07-01-2014 Received IV Bill Invoice, paid.


07-02-2014 PAID status of the mother


07-07-2014 PAID status of the father


07-08-2014 Mailed the supporting docs


07-10-2014 Supporting docs arrived at NVC


07-11-2014 Submitted DS260 of mother


07-13-2014 Submitted DS260 of father


09-04-2014 Called NVC and the lady said CASE COMPLETE! (136 days total from the day they received the I-130)


09-11-2014 Received an email regarding the Interview (5 days from the day the case was completed)


09-15-2014 Status "In Transit" inCEAC


09-16-2014 Status "Ready" CEAC


10-03-2014 Interview/AP/USEM (no record of their medical,DAD needs to get an NBI explanation letter&new NBI clearance with his "aka"


10-8-2014 Mom called St Lukes and asked about the medical results, they said they submitted it already back in June


10-10-2014 Mom mailed the NBI Clearance of my dad


10-14-2014 NBI clearance delivered in USEM


10-06-2014 Visa Issued CEAC


10-09-2014 Got an email that my dad's visa was issued


10-14-2014 Visa delivered 11-29-2014 POE


12-08-2014 SS Card arrived

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465225ur5f6w0fgj.gifWhenever i see your name i feel like singing TONG-TONG PAKITONG KITONG ALIMANGO SA DAGAT, MALAKI AT MASARAP, MAHIRAP , MAHULI, SAPAGKAT NANGANGAGAT..are you happen to be Filipno?53228x3xzayi4cu.gif417726d21rk0pvpp.png

Well, I'm uglier than a junkyard dawg but very supportive............. :devil:

I lied...................Pogi Ako!! :whistle:

Edited by SHAPE OF MY HEART

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465225ur5f6w0fgj.gifWhenever i see your name i feel like singing TONG-TONG PAKITONG KITONG ALIMANGO SA DAGAT, MALAKI AT MASARAP, MAHIRAP , MAHULI, SAPAGKAT NANGANGAGAT..are you happen to be Filipno?53228x3xzayi4cu.gif417726d21rk0pvpp.png

Well, I'm uglier than a junkyard dawg but very supportive............. :devil:

I lied...................Pogi Ako!! :whistle:

LOL.............Ting Tong is Sira Ulo in tagalog.

Not Filipino, I lived in the Philippines up until a year ago.

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Oh, i don't think its a tagalog word, I'm a tagalog, but never encountered "ting-tong" as "sira-ulo", :blink: maybe that's other dialect?386011qng248t463.gif

465225ur5f6w0fgj.gifWhenever i see your name i feel like singing TONG-TONG PAKITONG KITONG ALIMANGO SA DAGAT, MALAKI AT MASARAP, MAHIRAP , MAHULI, SAPAGKAT NANGANGAGAT..are you happen to be Filipno?53228x3xzayi4cu.gif417726d21rk0pvpp.png

Well, I'm uglier than a junkyard dawg but very supportive............. :devil:

I lied...................Pogi Ako!! :whistle:

LOL.............Ting Tong is Sira Ulo in tagalog.

Not Filipino, I lived in the Philippines up until a year ago.

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"TONG-TONG PAKITONG KITONG ALIMANGO SA DAGAT, MALAKI AT MASARAP, MAHIRAP , MAHULI, SAPAGKAT NANGANGAGAT.."

558252uyngw3byv7.gifi will translate , what i sung: TONG TONG IS A CRAB AT SEA, BIG, DELICIOUS, BUT HARD TO CATCH BECAUSE HE IS "BITING" LOL :rofl:

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"TONG-TONG PAKITONG KITONG ALIMANGO SA DAGAT, MALAKI AT MASARAP, MAHIRAP , MAHULI, SAPAGKAT NANGANGAGAT.."

558252uyngw3byv7.gifi will translate , what i sung: TONG TONG IS A CRAB AT SEA, BIG, DELICIOUS, BUT HARD TO CATCH BECAUSE HE IS "BITING" LOL :rofl:

Well, my Zodiac sign is Cancer, the Crab, I love the sea, I'm big, my fiancee says I'm delicious and tend to bite................... :rofl:

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"TONG-TONG PAKITONG KITONG ALIMANGO SA DAGAT, MALAKI AT MASARAP, MAHIRAP , MAHULI, SAPAGKAT NANGANGAGAT.."

558252uyngw3byv7.gifi will translate , what i sung: TONG TONG IS A CRAB AT SEA, BIG, DELICIOUS, BUT HARD TO CATCH BECAUSE HE IS "BITING" LOL :rofl:

Well, my Zodiac sign is Cancer, the Crab, I love the sea, I'm big, my fiancee says I'm delicious and tend to bite................... :rofl:

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