September 9, 2009

Study: Taller people ‘happier’

Researchers at Princeton University in New Jersey said their study suggests tall people lead happier lives than those of lower stature.

The researchers analyzed data from 450,000 people over the age of 18, collected between January 2008 and April 2009 for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Britain's The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

They said their findings indicate taller people were more likely to be positive about their lives and describe themselves as happy and were less likely to complain of persistent sadness or physical pain. Meanwhile, men who described their lives as the worst possible tended to be more then eight-tenths of an inch shorter than average and women who said the same about their lives tended to be about half an inch shorter than the female average.

The study said men who did not finish secondary school were an average half an inch shorter than the mean height for graduates and more than an inch shorter than those who completed a college degree. The researchers said they did not find a link between height and education among women.

The report did not give an average height for U.S. adults, but Wikipedia puts it at 5 feet 9.4 inches for men and 5 feet 3.8 for women for those more than 20 years old.