Thursday, December 3, 2009

Educated Women Keep Men Alive Longer

I was very intrigued by a recent article in the UK's Sunday Times. The article entitled, "Men married to smart women live longer," discusses how, "Swedish scientists have discovered that long life and good health have nothing to do with a man’s education and everything to do with his wife’s." Re-buffing the notion that men are just as happy or happier with a dumb but gorgeous trophy wife, this study shows that smart and educated women encourage their husbands to eat healthier, exercise more and overall extend their lifetime. Stupid wives may look hot, but apparently they don't have the sense to noodge their husbands to trade in their beer and sports watching for biking and healthy picnics in the park.

The author of the article questions what is in it for a modern woman to monitor her husband's salt intake. Generations ago, women often measured their potential mate solely on the basis of how well he could take care of her financially because she would never have a means to support herself. In exchange, females would take care of the household and the health and well being of their husbands. The author feels short changed because nowadays women usually work outside the home as well as men and do not rely on their husbands for total financial support, although the women in relationships often still seem to be the ones looking out for the health and well being of the family. 

However, it seems pretty clear to me that when I choose to cook a crisp spinach salad and grilled chicken for dinner rather than fried chicken and mashed potatoes, or when I remind my husband to schedule a dentists appointment - I am not only taking care of him, but of both of us. You see, the longer he lives, the longer a life (God willing) I will have with my soul mate...Seems like a pretty good trade off to me!


  1. does one live forever if she is a babe and smart?

  2. I agree with this article except that smart women should recognize that many men are foolish, if not stupid, and they will go for a blond bimbo even if its not good for the promotion of their health and longetivity, etc. Smart women often marry smart men so there is still hope, however, a long educational process is required. Good luck.

  3. The husbands of educated women don't really live longer, it just seems longer.