The Happiness of Men

If you’re a woman and you’re having a bad day, or don’t have a particularly good sense of humour, then please go read something else – I’ve got quite enough enemies without adding you to the list, thank you.

However, one of the many email jokes going around at the moment includes these gems of wisdom that I regard as (generally) being truer than many of us would like to admit.

For instance, there’s this statement:

A woman continually worries about the future until she gets a husband and a man never worries about the future, until he gets a wife.

That is, I think, pretty accurate and explains quite a lot. I’m not sure whether it’s because of convention or due to the greater value that women often place on stability and things emotional, but it still has a ring of truth about it in a lot of cases. Certainly, the added feeling of responsibility that the boy inside the man probably never wanted, but feels obliged to assume can often become a huge burden.

Then there’s this one and I’m sorry girls, but whether you believe it or not, this is so often so true that it’s astounding:

A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t and a man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does!

It might well be a bit stereotypical, but that above all else seems to me to me to sum up the huge chasm that tends to exist between the male and female attitudes to a long term relationship. The average male still sees his partner of ten years duration in much the same terms as when they first got together – including her shape! Then one day he realises that, love her dearly though he might, she’s neither physically nor emotionally anything like the attractive girl he met and was originally immediately in lust with and that’s when he suddenly notices the hot young woman in accounts he was only vaguely aware of up until that point. It may not be what women see as right or even nice, but it is often reality.

A woman, on the other hand, usually places much more value on emotional matters and physical appearance is generally less important to her. It’s true that her man might be a bit childish in her eyes at the start and a bit too much into boys’ toys and nights/days out with the lads, but hey! He’ll change, right? … Wrong! … And so (no doubt unintentionally) what the man sees as nagging begins.

Of course, there’s also this, which is not really particularly accurate any more since many men are much better fathers than they once were and, anyway, they’re learning that such old fashioned ideas about bringing up kids are simply no longer acceptable. It’s still funny though and there is just a hint of something hormonally instinctive that rings frighteningly true in it:

“A woman knows all about her children. She knows about their dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.


3 Responses to “The Happiness of Men”

  1. I enjoy how to broke it down. I can appreicate this. LOL

  2. You didn’t make an enemy here, although I’m not sure I agree 100%.

    • Well, in reality, there must be as many variations as there are couples, but I think it works in broad terms and that’s what makes it funny.

      I reckon men and women are mostly totally incompatible (on the face of it) – the clever ones are those that recognise that problem and sort out a compromise that works for both of them… or maybe not.

      Anyway, you do have a great sense of humour 😉

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