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Love, Globally

Searching our archives for Valentine’s Day stories, we hit a bonanza: Our 2014 romantic-movie survey. Some 500 readers sent us the title of the one movie they considered the best in the field. The result is a curated list of beloved movies, ready for consultation.

But wait, there’s more: Two years ago, our Tuesday columnist, film guru Alexandra MacAaron, provided her own selection of sentimental favorites and more unusual romance movies, all but one of her choices still available on Netflix. And what romantic movies might a psychologist recommend? Our Thursday columnist, Cecilia M. ford, made us a list. Her article “Is This Love?” offers a look into how the magic of those falling-in-love moments can be turned into lasting intimacy.

In “Kissprints Under the Snow” we find Molly Fisk in high dudgeon over the many ways Valentine’s Day can make her feel bad. “Love, Globally” reports on the three Valentine’s Days the South Koreans and Japanese celebrate every year: Men’s Day in February, Ladies’ Day in March, and Singles Day in April. And Tish Jett’s survey of French husbands’ and wives’ feelings about Valentine’s Day clearly reveals why Frenchmen are arguably the world’s most romantic men.

 

THE ROMANTIC-MOVIE SURVEY! AND THE WINNER IS . . .

By Women’s Voices For Change | February 15, 2014

If you want to see friends let their guard down, just ask them what one film they’d choose as the most romantic movie ever. People sigh into their reveries of certain scenes, reminisce about that look before the kiss, wax philosophical about gender and generation, and express their secret wishes for themselves. They give you a glimpse into their own hearts. READ MORE

 

 

ENJOY A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S GETAWAY, COMPLIMENTS OF NETFLIX

By Alexandra MacAaron  | February 14, 2017

Netflix offers a host of American-based sentimental favorites this month, from Bridget Jones’s Diary to Working Girl, The Wedding Planner to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. You can even find the greatest Great Gatsby (the deliciously sappy one from 1974 with a gorgeous Robert Redford in the title role). But, if you prefer a quick European escape, here are some other options. (No passport required.) READ MORE

 

 

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE: ROMANTIC MOVIES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D. | February 15, 2018

The key thing about romance is that it is a series of peak moments, but these can neither be sustained nor manufactured. Nevertheless, we all like to imagine, relive, and celebrate those romantic sparks—because, let’s face it, they are magic. And who can’t use a little magic now and again? Living vicariously through others’ love affairs helps us remember the feeling of being transported and re-experience the wild emotions and even madness that love drives us to. READ MORE

 

IS THIS LOVE?

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.  | August 17, 2017

Loving is not a passive activity—something that happens to you, as in the concept of falling in love, but an active process that involves constant engagement. Those that understand this and live this way are the most likely to have good relationships. Accordingly, taking active steps to increase intimacy makes sense. But there is more to successful relationships than talking, as everyone knows, no matter how open and intimate. READ MORE

 

 

MOLLY FISK: KISSPRINTS UNDER THE SNOW

By Molly Fisk | February 14, 2015

When I’m single, I am sometimes tempted, at this time of year, to ram my grocery cart into the candy display and watch the whole thing collapse. Or to drive strategically through a puddle close to the curb as a happy-looking couple is strolling by, in order to douse them. I know this is not adult behavior, but there you have it. READ MORE

 

 

LOVE, GLOBALLY

By Erica Suk | February 7, 2014

In South Korea, there is also a day dedicated to singles, whether by choice or not, which is celebrated over a big bowl of black bean sauce noodles, jjajang-myun, Though it may seem depressing, Black Day (Singles Day) is not meant to be so serious. Rather, it is a dramatic and amusing way to carry out the third act in a Valentine’s Day series. In fact, the day has grown to include anyone who enjoys this signature nostalgic dish that generally costs less than $5. READ MORE

 

 

NON, NON, NON: A FRENCH TAKE ON VALENTINE’S DAY

By Tish Jett | February 7, 2011

Frenchmen are arguably the most romantic males on the planet. N’est-ce pas? My own opinion unequivocally falls on the “Yes, they are,” side of the debate. By extension, those ascribing to my premise would probably assume Frenchmen have a heartfelt enthusiasm for that special day set aside each year in celebration of L’Amour: St. Valentine’s Day. Au contraire. READ MORE

 

 

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