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"Despite The Pressure To Work longer hours, many UK employees claim to be happy with the amount of time left over for their personal life, according to a survey published [recently]. A total of 46 percent of those interviewed said they thought they had the right balance between work and home. The apparent drive to earn more is also contradicted by the poll which found 66 percent of men and 67 percent of women claim there is more to life than making money. Far more important is spending time with family, according to the 2,000 adults questioned for market analysts Mintel. Seven out of 10 said keeping in close touch with loved ones was the most important 'lifestyle priority'....

"When asked, 46 percent said their life was 'quite stressful,' down from 48 percent when the same question was asked in 1997. Shaheed Alam, a statistician at Mintel, said: 'The general theme from the survey was that people are getting the balance between work and life better than we might have thought. Family is seen as important, more important even than money.'"

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