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Love: What’s the point?

Jeremy Adam Smith, Editor, Greater Good Magazine | February 14, 2013

“Valentine’s Day is a commercial sham!” said one friend. “Valentine’s Day propaganda is everywhere!” said another. “Heterosexist!” cried a commentator on our Facebook page. Lots of people hate Valentine’s Day. For some very good reasons: It is commercial; it is heterosexist; it does make involuntary singles weep into their beers. But we at the UC … Continue reading »

Four ways to boost gratitude on Valentine’s Day

Amie Gordon, former grad student, psychology |

Whether February 14th is your first Valentine’s Day together or your 35th, it’s a great excuse to show gratitude for the one you love. Today’s post is the second in a two-part series on Gratitude. Yesterday I discussed research I’ve done on how gratitude helps us hold onto our relationships. Today I give you a … Continue reading »

Chocolate: for Valentine’s Day

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | February 14, 2011

Valentine’s Day: for many people this brings gifts of chocolate. Not that chocolate gift giving is recession proof. A 2009 article from Nielsen market research predicted that sales of chocolate for Valentine’s Day would reach $345 million, enabling purchase of 58 million pounds of chocolate. But in 2010, the National Retail Federation found that couples … Continue reading »