Updated: 02/15/2013 02:03

Marriage Central to help more couples set aside "pockets of time" for stronger marriages

Marriage Central to help more couples set aside "pockets of time" for stronger marriages

Resource centre, Marriage Central, will help more couples set aside "pockets of time" for each other to strengthen their marriage bond.

It made this a key strategy for the year (2013), after a survey it conducted last year (2012) found that 8 in 10 respondents value "couple time".

Nine in 10 felt that regular dates with their spouse would help strengthen their marriage.

But only half of the 1,000 respondents had done such activities in the last two years.

So Marriage Central hopes to change mindsets and behaviour.

Chairperson of the Marriage Central Advisory Board, Anita Fam, explains what keeps a marriage strong:

"We tend to think that once we're married, that's good, we've made it. But honestly, that's the very beginning of a journey. // If you look at the various things around us - computers, fridges, cars, nothing is built to last. So we have that mindset. If it doesn't work, let's just toss it and change it for a new one. But marriage isn't like that. We need to make sure that even though the consumer goods around us aren't built to last. Marriage is one of those things that's meant to last. So if there are hiccups, we shouldn't give up so easily."

A key initiative in the work plans of Marriage Central is its annual Real Love Works celebrations.

This year, it's targeting office workers with its first Real Love Concierge service at the malls and office buildings.

Anyone can visit the phone booth to request a surprise for their spouse or partner.

Fifty winners will have their requests granted during the campaign from 15 to 23 March.

The Real Love Works celebrations will kick-off with a Marriage Convention from 15 to 17 March.

Overseas and local marriage experts will share their marriage tips with some 3,000 participants.

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