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Many study participants reported they had smelled an absent partner’s clothing because it made them feel relaxed or secure. (Shutterstock)

The smelly truth about romantic relationships and health

Smelling a romantic partner's clothing is common behaviour, and research shows that it may improve sleep quality, and ease stress levels.
‘Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club,’ is an extraordinary debut novel set on Valentine’s Day in St. John’s during a blizzard. (House of Anansi Press)

Megan Gail Coles’s novel teaches us that love means we #BelieveWomen

The novel is timely in light of the fact that, increasingly, readers are invited to consider what responsibilities they need to assume in the face of women's disclosures about their life stories.
Couples get romantic on Qixi, a lovers’ festival similar to Valentine’s Day. Visual China Group via Getty Images

How China does Valentine’s Day

China's Qixi Festival is a celebration of love based on the legend of a mortal who married a goddess, causing his furious mother-in-law to create a Milky Way to divide these two twinkling stars.
Research suggests that couples who exercise together, stay together. (Shutterstock)

Exercise your way to a better relationship

In addition to its health and fitness benefits, exercise can also give your relationship a boost – especially if you exercise together.
Love makes us healthier. And yet policy-makers around the world separate children from loving parents, demonize same-sex love and promote labour migration that splits up families. Why? (Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash)

Love is good for us, so why do lawmakers try to break us up?

This Valentine's Day, governments around the world need to reflect on how laws and public policies may undermine people’s capacity to love and be loved — and the long-term costs of lost love.
Stereotypes of AsianAmerican men mean they can have a hard time in the online dating world. (Phuoc Le/Unsplash)

Asian guys stereotyped and excluded in online dating

A large body of sociological research has found that in North America, young Asian men are twice as likely as Asian women to be single.
Romantic love is an increasingly popular topic of study within the academy, exploring issues ranging from how technology is changing relationships to masculinity as depicted in the Twilight books and films. Summit Entertainment, Temple Hill Entertainment, Maverick Films

Love, Academically. Why scholarly hearts are beating for Love Studies

Love Studies, a relatively new academic field, looks at topics ranging from popular romance novels to issues of consent in the bedroom.
The South Korean government has decided to dim its office lights at 7 p.m. and shorten its work week hoping to encourage young people to date again. A favourite lover’s activity is to put a lock on Namsan mountain’s Seoul Tower to declare love. Shutterstock

Why young people in South Korea are staying single despite efforts to spark dating

South Korea is facing a low fertility trend. Valentine's Day serves as a reminder to help ease the domestic burden on young women so they can consider partnerships again.
Relics of St. Valentine of Terni at the basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin. Dnalor 01 (Own work)

The ‘real’ St. Valentine was no patron of love

Valentine's Day originated as a feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. It took a gruesome path to becoming a romantic holiday.
A couple in bed. Research shows that sex is important to happiness and good health. 4 pm production/Shutterstock.com

Consensual sex is key to happiness and good health, science says

Love may make the world go round, but sex keeps it going. There's been a lot of discussion in recent months about the horrors of bad sex. But it's important to remember that good sex is good for us.

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