In this two-minute read, we share three stories that shine a light on affairs of the heart in the lead up to Valentine’s Day on Sunday.
One thing star-crossed lovers in Oxfordshire don’t have to worry about this Valentine’s Day is bagging a reservation at a candle-lit restaurant.
In “normal times”, even the most mediocre eatery is booked solid on 14 February, but – alas – thanks to lockdown that won’t be the case this year.
So how can couples celebrate the Feast of St Valentine in style? Diana Wiley, a “marriage therapist and board-certified sex therapist” urges those in relationships to be creative.
She told NBC that couples should focus on creating their own “bubble of love”. Ways to do this include dressing smartly (no onesies or tracksuit bottoms), buying your beloved a thoughtful gift (lingerie or some luxury bath items perhaps) and don’t obsess over the fact that you can’t go out.
Make 2021 the year you create a new Valentine’s tradition that doesn’t involve overpriced set menus.
The survey says…
Frugal types will be delighted to learn that you don’t have to spend big on your partner this Sunday.
That’s according to relationship coach Louanne Ward, who surveyed couples about their Valentine’s Day likes and dislikes.
Ward, an Australian who runs a matchmaking agency, says 63% of men and women surveyed think heartfelt gestures are more important than expensive gifts.
So, if you were planning to present your other half with a pricey piece of jewellery or an expensive bottle of booze, think again; a home-cooked meal and a card might suffice.
And if you’re going to show your love with flowers, they don’t have to be red roses (which are usually eye-wateringly expensive on 14 February). The survey found that 80% of women would prefer to receive their favourite flower instead of red roses. The question is: do you know your beloved’s favourite bloom?
Is monogamy for the birds?
When it comes to everlasting love, birds are much more likely than mammals to stick with the same partner for life. Only about 5% of mammal species (excluding humans) are monogamous, compared to 90% of bird species (figures: World Wildlife Foundation).
You won’t be surprised to learn that lovebirds mate for life. Other loyal species include bald eagles, barn owls, pigeons, vultures, scarlet macaws, flamingos, and mute swans.
(Side note: If a male mute swan dies, his female mate will find a new partner within weeks. However, if a female mute swan dies, the male waits until the following autumn or winter before buddying up with another swan.)
From all of us here at IMS, thanks for reading and have a great weekend.
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