Poll: Patience key to marital bliss, even if beefs have to be bottled up

JIJI

A survey finds that 85 percent of married people in Japan think patience is a key to conjugal bliss.

According to the poll by major household products maker Lion Corp. covering 500 married people between the ages of 25 and 49, 86.6 percent of the respondents said they think they and their spouses are good couples compared with couples around them. Of them, however, 38.1 percent said they have had stomach pains due to stress related to their spouses.

Of all female respondents, 67.2 percent said they try to hold back from speaking their minds on some things, such as complaints, to avoid a quarrel. The rate stood at 81.2 percent among male respondents.

The phrase these women avoid saying most to their husbands is “earn more money,” cited by 34.5 percent. Among the men, the most avoided phrase is “clean the house more properly,” with 22.7 percent citing this.

The survey was conducted on the Internet from Oct. 12 to 14.