A big salary, DIY skills, along with a strong sex appeal doesn’t do it for women who want a good relationship.
No, what they want is someone who is a good companion and has empathy.
Never mind sharing the household chores, just be a good listener and a friend.
This is according to recent research by the Marriage Foundation.
Low scoring characteristics
- fixing things around the home (least desirable)
- a sense of adventure
- being strong
- being sexy
- being romantic
Higher scoring characteristics (in descending order)
- being a friend
- having an interest in children
- having an interest in their partner
- being kind
- showing forgiveness
- being a good lover
- being protective
- being funny
- earning a decent salary
The survey found that 80% women still do most of the household chores but don’t mind as long as their partners spend time at home (so no nipping to the pub when she’s cleaning).
Three-quarters also did most of the childcare but half of them thought that was fair and said they were happy with their relationship.
The research director for the foundations said “almost any relationship thrives where there is kindness. Kindness is everything. It shows thought, consideration, care. It shows you notice and value. being kind is inactive decision that requires some kind of action. When somebody is kind it hugely attractive”.