At the most basic level, the brain releases a cocktail of chemicals. But there’s more to it than that.
Love letters have a rich history as Valentine’s Day gifts.
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A photo beamed via a satellite from a smartphone is never the same as the description of a place the lover must try hard to imagine.
Most candy is basically just a heap of sugar.
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A healthy diet can include some candy. But if you eat too much, it can interfere with your appetite for the stuff your body actually needs.
Magic was an every day part of life in the Graeco-Roman empire.
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Across the Graeco-Roman Empire, the romantically challenged turned to magic to improve their chances
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Many roses are grown in energy-intensive greenhouses, shipped long distances or treated with chemicals. Here’s what to ask your florist or supermarket.
According to an American Express report, more than six million US couples are expected to get engaged on Valentine’s Day.
Why do we attach sentimental value to objects and other things?
A grand monument to love.
A loving relationship may be a unique mix of different ‘flavours’ of love.
It’s likeness that makes the heart grow fonder.
It’s a classic adage for those seeking love. The problem is that psychology research shows it’s just not true.
Relationship science can weigh in on whether you’re with a winner.
If there were a Keltner List for relationships – as for induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame – what would be on it? A relationship scientist draws on psychology research to help you assess your love.
Millions of flowers are imported to Australia from Kenya each year.
Australians import millions of flowers for Valentine’s Day. Let’s consider some ways to be eco-friendly.
Sexuality presents us with personal and private concerns that are also very political.
Perhaps we can think of the love letter and other gestures of romantic love as forms or techniques that mediate the violence of time, dispossession and exclusion.
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We object to the vitriol in public discourse today, but 19th century commentators were equally up-in-arms over the abuse of a romantic institution.
There’s not just one way to feel or express love.
Valentine’s Day is branded as being a celebration of romantic love. But there are many styles of love, from passionate Eros to caring Agape and many in between.
You can learn from the past.
It is possible to stop recreating destructive patterns.
Romantic love is seen as the answer to life’s problems, when it could often be the start of many headaches and heartaches. So, what is true love?
Does the secret to romantic sales success actually lie in an appeal to our cynicism?
Religious and secular festivals followed the rhythm of the seasons to provide a balance between work, prayer and leisure for medieval Britons.
Cupid shoots an arrow in the 'Roman de la Rose'. 14th century, MS NLW 5016 // Wikimedia Commons
Lettuce leaves and purgatives might ease your aching heart.
Bestie + Lover = Relationship Nirvana?
Looking for a lifelong Valentine? Psychologists suggest taking a closer look at your best friend. The things we want in a good friend are many of the same things we expect from a romantic partner.
Data from swiping apps like Tinder are giving researchers a window into how dating and relationships could be changing.