Did You Feed the Fish?!
OK, gals -- here's the new test in picking the perfect mate. The idea of the sensitive, emoting male is a delusion of days gone by. The man of today is of a much more practical nature. In fact, practicality is his middle name.
New research indicates that women who marry men who are conscientious fare quite well. Previous research has shown that individuals who are conscientious typically lead healthier lives. Highly conscientious individuals tend to be more organized, make a better lifestyle choices and, ultimately, reap the rewards.
The new research, however, is the first to indicate a reciprocal benefit. The study shows that, even for individuals who themselves are highly conscientious, there is added benefit to marrying someone who shares these same traits.
Oddly, the positive benefits accrue only to women. For the men it appears to make no difference.
On the far end of the spectrum, the study actually found an added health benefit for women who married men who were highly neurotic. Puts a bit of a different spin on the selection of a mate, doesn't it?
So, if you're in the market for a husband, he just may be that twitchy little guy in the corner.
To read more about the study, see this from ScienceDaily. To read more about the positive health benefits of being conscientious, see this from the University of California, Riverside.