They say a family that eats together, stays together. And now, science backs the claim. According to a new study, sharing at least four meals a week can help maintain domestic bliss.

Researchers claim that an average family today spends less than 12 hours a week together, and coming together at the dinner table helps bridge the gap, the Daily Express reported. The study also showed that having more than one tablet computer in the house, a streaming broadband video account, regular vacation trips, and having both sets of grandparents around, were among the things that created a harmonious family life.

In addition to that, small things like having a “treat cupboard”, a collection of board games and a comfortable sofa also contribute to better family bonding. While a huge kitchen topped parents’ wish list of things to improve the home, children wished for a tree-house.

Source: ANI

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.