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Love is in the air

Love is in the air

February is known as the month of love all over the world. Everyone is falling in love, giving and receiving love, but why is that? Why in this month? The month to express your love and gratitude toward your loved ones that being family, friends, and lovers’. In this time of month, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones. But how did we start celebrating Valentine’s Day? Let’s dive into some fun facts about valentine’s day.

According to, the history of the holiday—and the story of its patron saint—is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Still others insist that it was Saint Valentine of Terni, a bishop, who was the true namesake of the holiday. He, too, was beheaded by Claudius II outside Rome.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl, possibly his jailor’s daughter, who visited him during his confinement.

Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and most importantly romantic figure

Also, During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Doing a little more research, on my question, what type of love are there? I found talks about

The eight different types of love, according to the ancient Greeks, are:

  1. Eros (sexual passion)
  2. Philia (deep friendship)
  3. Ludus (playful love)
  4. Agape (love for everyone)
  5. Pragma (longstanding love)
  6. Philautia (love of the self)
  7. Storge (family love)
  8. Mania (obsessive love)


 Did you also know that falling in love is much like the sensation of feeling addicted to drugs with the release of euphoria, including brain chemicals like dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline, and vasopressin. This makes the saying “love is like a drug” literal.

Which as in all cases with drugs, addiction is on the line. But what are the symptoms when addicted to love ? Well Cosmopolitan magazine tells us more about it:

Having a few too many glasses of wine makes you less inhibited, fearful, and anxious, and more aggressive and boastful—and so does oxytocin, the “love hormone,” according to a University of Birmingham study. Researchers pooled existing research into the effects of both oxytocin and alcohol and although they impact different parts of the brain, they have similar outcomes.

Isn’t love just amazing and unbelievable. Are you addicted to love or have you felt it at some point ?


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