When you take the time to really plan your marriage together as partners, you will be able to move more efficiently and effortlessly as a team. It won't mean you'll never have any challenges in your relationship, but having a game plan will make them more manageable.
I believe that's what Ben Affleck meant by it being "the best kind of work". Most of the time the effort should be light and easy so the energy and desire is there when real "work" is required.
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