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Common Misconceptions About Love

Kristen Richard
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For a day that’s supposed to celebrate love, Valentine’s Day is rather divisive. People seem to either have great fondness for February 14 or absolutely loathe it. If you fall into the latter group, you've probably argued that the day was "invented by greeting card companies" simply to sell overpriced cards adorned with pink and red hearts. Unfortunately, you’ll need to come up with a new rallying cry against the holiday because that’s simply not true.

In fact, the real origins of Valentine's Day are shrouded in mystery. While there is a real Saint Valentine in the Roman Catholic church, it’s possible he's actually a combination of several different Christian martyrs rather than just one person.

In this episode of "Misconceptions," we're exploring how Valentine's Day came to be, determining whether 50 percent of all marriages really do end in divorce, and examining more common misunderstandings about love. You can watch the full episode below.

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