Now I just need to find someone who’ll settle for me …

A study was conducted on the role physical attractiveness has on marriage:

Physical appearance plays a crucial role in shaping new relationships, but does it continue to affect established relationships, such as marriage? In the current study, the authors examined how observer ratings of each spouse’s facial attractiveness and the difference between those ratings were associated with (a) observations of social support behavior and (b) reports of marital satisfaction. In contrast to the robust and almost universally positive effects of levels of attractiveness on new relationships, the only association between levels of attractiveness and the outcomes of these marriages was that attractive husbands were less satisfied. Further, in contrast to the importance of matched attractiveness to new relationships, similarity in attractiveness was unrelated to spouses’ satisfaction and behavior. Instead, the relative difference between partners’ levels of attractiveness appeared to be most important in predicting marital behavior, such that both spouses behaved more positively in relationships in which wives were more attractive than their husbands, but they behaved more negatively in relationships in which husbands were more attractive than their wives. These results highlight the importance of dyadic examinations of the effects of spouses’ qualities on their marriages. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)

[Source: “Beyond initial attraction: Physical attractiveness in newlywed marriage.” By McNulty, James K.; Neff, Lisa A.; Karney, Benjamin R. Journal of Family Psychology. Vol 22(1), Feb 2008, 135-143.]

Conclusion: according to the study, if the guy’s less attractive, the marriage will be happier.

P.S. I think if the guy is willing to acknowledge or already knows he’s less attractive, you’ve got a keeper.

Originally found here.

How to get Rafa Nadal to smile

By proposing to him, apparently. Thanks to Yahoo! Sports for the news:

During the world No. 2’s second round match at the Aussie Open a woman in the stands yelled, “Hey, Nadal, will you marry me?”, much to the delight of others in the crowd and the Eurosport announcers broadcasting the match. At first Nadal ignored the question, probably wanting to stay focused on returning serve, but as the laughter increased he gave a shy wave of the hand and then burst out into a full smile before the point.

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