Even while suffering through the sniffles and from under my very thick stack of blankets, I could see it was Valentine’s day yesterday. Tons of digital hearts and kisses, flowers and other cute crap cluttered up my Facebook news feed.
I don’t actually know how I feel about Valentine’s day. Sometimes I am one of those annoying people who whines about how it’s such a commercial-just-so-Hallmark-can-sell-cards-holiday. Sometimes I’m mad that I didn’t get any chocolates. Sometimes I feel so loved. Sometimes I feel so lonely. Sometimes I just don’t care. At all. I think the last one is the most accurate description of yesterday. Even though I got very pretty flowers. On the 13th. My boyfriend says he gave me the flowers a day early out of ‘protest’.
Anyway, today seemed like as good a day as any to share this picture with you. It’s two lovebirds kissing underneath the concrete canopy of a the Oscar Niemeyer museum in Curitiba.
Did you know that if you google the word kissing the first search result is a how-to manual quickly followed by (disturbing) step by step YouTube tutorials? And did you know that approximately 10% of engagements happen on Valentine’s day? And that over 2.7 million couples in the U.S get married each and every year?
That’s more than 5 million people saying yes to each other. And they know! They know that it’s like bringing a knife to a gunfight. One in ever two gets slain. But there are some things you can do to improve your chances of survival, supposedly. For guys there is a little math equation you can apply that will help you determine you best sell by date.
And then there is this news. Marriage is good for you. I know, right? Strange. But according to Jenna McCarthy the completely stupid notion of eternal devotion has very serious benefits. Married people earn more money, are physically and emotionally healthier and even live longer! Again; Strange. And uplifting. And maybe also, on a very subconscious level, all reasons why people still put those rings on each others fingers.
But it’s also sad – because all the studies being conducted just show how desperate we are to understand how a happy couple (or any couple for that matter) can survive in this day and age.
Either way, my advice? Just keep kissing. Other studies show it burns calories. And it boosts immunity. And it helps you relax. I should take my own advice.