The Valentine's Day Javelin - Page 7

Angela Zhao

7. Some companies tackle Valentine’s Day with science over emotion.

When you are choosing your unique Valentine’s Day card for your lover, keep this humble fact in mind: Hallmark employs an 80-person research staff to analyze the sales pattern of previous Valentine's Days. In addition to that analysis, 100000 annual customer interviews, focus groups, and in-store observations help to create the 2000 cards that make up Hallmark's core Valentine's Day line.

8. Many people take the holiday too seriously for their own good.

A recent poll found that one in ten young adults admitted to feeling lonely, insecure, depressed, or unwanted on Valentine’s Day. Amongst those, 40% have negative feelings towards Valentine’s Day.

This holiday also accounts for some of history’s most sanguinary events, including Christian martyr St. Valentine's beheading on February 14, who was executed for conducting marriages in secret.

This next fact may hit a bit closer to home: research suggests that 75% of suicide attempts are attributable to relationship problems.

9. Valentine’s Day is not actually a holiday.

Unfortunately, our sad facts continue as we go on to explain why Valentine’s Day is not a holiday. One of the most well-known search engines online will aid us (ahem… Google… thank you).

"Holiday" is defined as "a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done."

Now, please ask yourself: when was the last time you had a day off work or school on Valentine’s Day?

10. All things considered, true and beautiful relationships still make us feel warm and fuzzy inside.

If you have come across more breakups and divorces than everlasting love and successful marriages, Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher might be able to cheer you up. They hold the official world record for the longest marriage for a living couple: 86 years and 290 days spent together.