“Who do you love more? Your husband or your child?”

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This was just one of the many pertinent questions that was discussed in the 2016 Prudential Relationship Index (PRI) forum, held on October 20th at the Reddot Design Museum, Singapore. The event was streamed live on Facebook from 6:30 pm onwards.

 

Guests were seated in red plush chairs as the Band of Doodlers began work on the doodle wall, simultaneously piquing the interest of the audience and setting the mood for the intellectual-emotional spectacle to come. In about 2 hours time, this wall was going to transform into a work of art.

Meet the Panellists

Hosted by Funnyman of Singapore, Gurmit Singh, the PRI forum had an impressive panel - big names from various fields, confronting the banal yet complex topic of human relationships, particularly those in Asia and Singapore.

  • Ms. Angela Hunter, Executive Vice President and CMO, Prudential Assurance Company, Singapore
  • Mr. Jason Wong, Chairman, Focus on the family, Singapore. Founder, Yellow Ribbon Project. Founder, Dad’s for Life movement
  • Ms. Paulin Tay Straughan, Sociologist, Vice Dean and Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS
  • Ms. Roshni Mahtani, CEO and Founder, Tickled Media. Founder, Female Founders Network
  • Ms. Helen Lim-Yang, Principal Consultant, Rohei Corporation Pte Ltd
  • Ms. Jade Seah, Actress, host, model

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How would you fare in this social experiment?

The event was kickstarted by the hugely popular Prudential Relationship Reconnect video, which has already gone viral with over 22 million views worldwide.

This poignant social experiment examines if we would be able to reconnect with someone better, simply by staring at that person for 4 uninterrupted minutes, notably sans digital devices. 12 real life couples were chosen for this ad and the results are heartwarming, to say the least.

Ready for the 2016 PRI findings for Singapore?

This video set the tone for the rest of the discussion, which was mostly centered on the 2016 Prudential Relationship Index (PRI) findings for Singapore. If you didn’t know already, the PRI is a score which measures our relationships with partners, children, parents, friends and relatives.

Interestingly, Singapore ranks 7th out of 10 countries in Asia with an index score of
68/100. Vietnam is 1st and China is 10th. Ms. Roshni Mahtani couldn’t help but exclaim, “C’mon, Singapore! We need to be at #1! Where’s our kiasu mentality?”

‘Is the concept of work-life balance too utopian?’ + other discussion highlights

Like it or not, our relationships are at the heart of whatever we choose to do in our lives. In today’s hectic world, we often take our relationships for granted and don’t give them the importance they deserve.

Would you believe that 32% of people in Singapore say their partners sometimes prefer their mobile phones to being intimate with them? And that, every week, 24% of married people seriously consider leaving their partners?

How can we bring back that missing spark in our lives? The PRI forum offered plenty of information and advice on today’s relationship issues, and how simple acts can re-ignite your relationship with your partner and/or children.

To read some interesting tidbits from the delightfully insightful conversation that ensued, go to the next page!

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