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For Better or For Worse, Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a fascinating hybrid of romantic aspirations and disappointment. Single people scramble to find romance while others lick their wounds about being alone. Many men feel a sense of dread about getting the right, well-considered gift as well as going into credit card debt. Many women feel undervalued and underwhelmed: “Why did you buy me this red fire-extinguisher?” This special day designated to celebrate love is a good example of the range of the love relationship, for better or worse. Which will it be for you?

Here are three truisms associated with celebrating love:
It’s difficult to recapture the initial thrill when you have been together for many years. Consider the success of the Fifty Shades phenomenon because of the novel (pun intended) notions of romance and sex read by women in long term relationships. Moreover, we are all bombarded with idealized images of love and material happiness, as well as harassed by our own internal punitive voice of perfectionism. Well, nothing is perfect for long; just ask any newlywed. To celebrate each other is an art form as ennobling as a painting of an eternal love moment or a poem from a Romantic poet. Art teaches us that happiness is built on a moment.

What you can do this Valentine’s Day to make it better instead of worse:
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