SHORT people are less happy, according to scientists at Oxford University.

Researchers simulated a journey on public transport for volunteers, then used virtual reality technology to reduce their height by 10in and had them perform the pretend journey again.

Volunteers said they experienced more negative feelings, such as being incompetent, dislikeable or inferior, when they were shorter.

Prof Daniel Freeman, who led the Medical Research Council-funded study, said: “Being tall is associated with greater career and relationship success.”