Are you recently married? Still in the clouds emotionally? If so, results of a newly published study suggest the feeling will wear off before long. A report in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology concludes that marriage is no cure-all for unhappiness. Its researchers tracked more than 24,000 people between 1984 and 1995, asking them to rate their satisfaction with life on a scale of 0 to 10. After a brief bounce following their weddings - one-tenth of one point, on average - most reported that they returned to the outlook they had previously.
Speaking of marital happiness, the highest appeals court in Italy has ruled that a legal grounds for divorce is ... one's mother-in-law. The case in question involved a woman who complained that her husband allowed "excessive and inappropriate interference" by his mama in their life together. They're now splitsville. Guess who he moved back in with?
Multifaceted media talent Oprah Winfrey regained the top spot, and Ray Romano of CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" advanced to second in a new survey of favorite television personalities by pollster Harris Inter- active. Winfrey had fallen to third, and Romano took fifth, in the previous Harris Poll. The top 10 TV stars of 2003:
1. Oprah Winfrey, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (syndicated)
2. Ray Romano, "Everybody Loves Raymond" on CBS
3. David Letterman, "The Late Show" on CBS
4. Katie Couric, "Today" on NBC
5. Bill O'Reilly, "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox
6. Jennifer Aniston, "Friends" on NBC
7. Dr. Phil McGraw, "Dr. Phil" (syndicated)
8. Tom Brokaw, NBC News
9. Jay Leno, "The Tonight Show" on NBC
10. Dan Rather, CBS News
- PR Newswire