Personal Briefing Ideas & Trends

Posted: January 30, 1989

LOVE AND MARRIAGE. Only one-third of those who married in the mid-1970s are still happy with their spouses. So says Norval Glenn, a University of Texas sociologist, whose study of declining marital happiness will be published in the National Journal of Sociology in March. Similar studies done in the 1970s showed that 50 percent of people married in the '60s were still together and happy.

LAUGH THERAPY. A laugh a day truly might keep the doctor away. Swedish researchers put six women suffering from painful musculoskeletal disorders and feeling depressed through 13 "humor group" sessions featuring jokes, books, films and other material unrelated to their illness. The patients' psychological well-being increased and their physical symptoms eased, said the researchers, whose report appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU. For the skier who has everything - except a good sense of direction - there's a new product that might help. SOS Sports has just hit the slopes with a shirt bearing upside-down trail maps of popular Western ski resorts. Skiers who are seeking a particular trail, or, heaven forbid, are lost, need only to stop and read their shirts. For more information, write SOS Sports, 2017 Pacific Ave., Venice, Calif. 90291.

PINUP PINBALL. Hey, pinball wizards, there's a new pinball game with a sexy twist. Built to commemorate Playboy magazine's 35th anniversary, it takes you on a romp through the Playboy mansion. Hugh Hefner's voice, wolf whistles and

sighs are heard as players rack up points on the state-of-the-art machine, to be unveiled in May.

ELDERLY EYE-CARE. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has a toll-free help line to refer eligible elderly callers to an eye specialist who'll provide treatment at no cost to the patient. Anyone with citizenship or legal residency, age 65 or older and without current access to an ophthalmologist can call 800-222-3937 weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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