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Wedding bounce

Washington, March 17 (Reuters): Most newlyweds experience a brief emotional bounce after their wedding, but they eventually return to the same outlook they had on life before they tied the knot, according to a new study.

“We found that people were no more satisfied after marriage than they were prior to marriage,” the researchers said.

The study, published in the March issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, tracked more than 24,000 people from 1984 to 1995, asking participants every year to rate their overall life satisfaction from zero (totally unhappy) to 10 (totally happy).

The average boost from marriage was small — one-tenth of one point on the scale, researchers said.

The study, which took 15 years to complete, also found that people who were already satisfied with their lives before marriage were more likely to stay married longer.

Sad saint

Dublin (Reuters): St Patrick is best known for driving snakes out of Ireland, but even he would be hard-pressed to deal with the country’s growing compensation culture that threatens to undermine his annual festivities. While the bigger cities will go ahead as usual with their celebrations to mark the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint on March 17, spiralling insurance premiums have forced smaller towns and villages across the country to scale back or even cancel traditional parades. “It’s very disappointing as we believed this was going to be our best St Patrick’s parade ever,” said Peter Considine, the mayor of Ennis in the west of Ireland, which abandoned its annual parade after being told that each individual group and float taking part would need separate insurance.

TV awards

London (PTI): Popular spoof chat show with an Indian flavour The Kumars at No. 42 leads the nominations for this year’s Bafta TV awards. The critically acclaimed show, featuring Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal, has won three nominations at the UK television industry’s leading awards. The show is up against BBC One’s Test the Nation and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross as well as ITV1’s I’m a Celebrity...Get me out of Here for best entertainment programme or series, the BBC reported today. The show features a fictional immigrant family, the Kumars, who have bulldozed their back garden and built a studio there for the family’s spoilt son who is possessed with idea of becoming a celebrity talk show host.

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