Study reveals work life balance is the biggest marriage issue

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A new study in Singapore, conducted by a non-profit group called Families For Life, aimed to uncover the biggest issues married couples in Singapore face.

A new study in Singapore, conducted by a non-profit group called Families For Life, aimed to uncover the biggest issues married couples in Singapore face. And based on the study’s results, striking the perfect balance between work and family life between couples lands the top spot.

According to a report by the Strait Times, over 1,265 respondents joined the study and over half of them said that their toughest challenge was juggling their personal life with their professional life.

In last year’s poll results, it landed on the third spot, right behind financial management.

“This year, managing finances was the third in the list, with 44.8 per cent of participants pointing to it,” the report said.

“Keeping the spark alive is the second biggest challenge, for both this year and last. The poll also found that trust, communication and respect are the most important qualities for a marriage to grow.”

The test results were released at Singapore’s Marriage Conventiona yearly convention which also holds seminars which help couples lead a healthy, happy marriages.

Associate professor and parliamentary secretary for Ministry of Social and Family Development Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim was a guest of honor at the event, and he shared the methods of how he keeps the fires of his marriage burning.

One of which was going on 10 to 15 minute walks with his wife when he gets home from work early.

“We chat and enjoy the tranquility of the night,” he said. “It helps me bond better with my wife.” he said, adding that he hopes to see more middle aged couples dating to keep their marriage fresh.

The poll also revealed another surprising finding.

In general, Singaporean couples take to heart the tenet “mend it, don’t end it”: 89 percent of the respondents said that they’re willing to seek professional help if issues in their marriage surface.

“The poll findings show that couples are seeking more platforms and resources when it comes to their family and relationships,” said Ching Wei Hong, council chairman for the Families For Life.

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