How is a smart wife like a Sudoku puzzle?
Well, both can be challenging and rewarding. Most importantly, both can help you live a longer, healthier life.
Men who marry intelligent woman live longer and have a lower risk of degenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s and other dementia, according to research done at the University of Aberdeen. The study, using identical twins, found that having an intelligent wife was an important factor in protecting against such diseases. Amazingly, some of the men married to smart women showed physical signs of dementia in brain scans but suffered no diminishment of their faculties.
“The thing a boy is never told he needs to do if he wants to live a longer life, is to marry an intelligent woman,” said Lawrence Whalley, professor emeritus of mental health at the University of Aberdeen. “There is no better buffer to dementia than intelligence.”
Research shows that intellectually stimulating games and activities, such as crossword puzzles and learning a new skill (language, music), can protect the brain against dementia and Alzheimer’s. So, the experts say, it makes sense that wife who mentally challenges and engages her husband would have the same impact.
Interestingly, the study did not address whether being married to a smart man benefits women in the same ways. I certainly hope so. My wife is smart as a whip and I know I benefit from that in all sorts of ways. I want to do the same for her — now and as we grow older.