Despite that, there are some major shifts afoot in the way we love, partner, become parents and indulge our sexual passions. Given that, here's what I predict, based on current trends and research, love and marriage will look like in the years ahead.
On this day of sweetness and love, let's expand our hearts to include forgiveness, compassion and self-acceptance as values to celebrate -- and put into practice every day of the year.
You can do it privately (to start) or write, type or text it. But even better is if you take a single human being by the shoulders, look deeply into their eyes and simply say, "I love you" (scary, I know).
Here's the thing: I like Valentine's Day. Actually, I love Valentine's Day. And I don't think there's any shame in that. Recently (meaning the past decade or so), I feel like there's been this movement to hate Valentine's Day, hate the commercialism of it all, hate the forced romance, hate pink hearts and red cupids.
We asked a fairly simple question to people who said they were planning to make some purchases for their significant other this Valentine's Day: Who will be making most of the decisions regarding the gift(s), meal and activities for this Valentine's Day?
To let your guard down is the risk you need to take to really open yourself up and totally give your heart to someone.
You may tell them every day you love them paired with a quick kiss, but do you take the time to feel them? Do you look at them when in a conversation? Do you dedicate distraction-free time to them?
You may not have a romantic partner, but as a parent, you have plenty of love to celebrate. In fact, take advantage of the day to honor all the people who bring love to your life, including your children, family and friends, and your glorious self. Here are few tips for making the day special, even without a significant other:
I cannot mourn the death of my mother-in-law. I cannot mourn her loss because I cannot mourn that which has not been lost. Her strength of love, respect, honor and grace have not been lost upon her death. They live on in all her children, but you can mostly hear them echo back from the heart beats of her youngest son.
Valentine's Day is coming up, but we know you don't want to put a ring on your student loans. Even if you can't love them, here are six good reasons to value your loans.
There are so many floral varieties out there that finding the perfect bouquet for your special someone can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, I'm here to tell you that there are some gorgeous floral trends happening right now that will help narrow down the right bouquet for your honey this Valentine's Day.
With just three days to go, it hit me: Isn't some part of this holiday supposed to be about, you know, me and my husband? Shouldn't I be thinking about love and romance -- all that stuff being advertised on channels that aren't Nick Jr.?
And I just want to point out that I forgive you for outwardly skipping over me every single year -- clearly you don't feel that I'm worthy of being shot in the ass with your ridiculous golden "desire" arrow.
Of course, most of these insights were offered irrespective of love. That being said, it strikes me how omni-applicable each tweetable nuggets is to Valentine's Day. I hope their 140 characters are as meaningful to you as they have been to me.
I may be a bishop in The Episcopal Church, but I grew up as a Methodist. My Methodist background notwithstanding, it was only many years later that I became acquainted with Wesleyans.
Looking for a really cool Valentine's Day craft for your friends and family? Or are you still searching for a gift to give to your sweetie pie? Well, look no further.