3 Things That Need To Change About Valentine's Day

Pundit Yanwen Xia thinks a few things need to change about Valentine's Day. She lays them out here for all to see. 

I don't know about you, but I think something needs to change about Valentine's Day, which will be here on Thursday. I have some suggestions for how to go about this change, and here they are:

1. No candies

Every year when Valentine's Day approaches, candies are all over the place. Whenever I see these pink and red heart-shaped candies, this question comes to mind: In a nation with a predominantly overweight population, is it really necessary for us to have all these sweets? No. Get something else instead. Like, anything. 

2. No paper cards

This day also reminds me of the time when I had to buy candies and cards for my children during their primary school years. I remember lamenting the waste of paper when I was helping my children writing on these Valentine's Day cards, more than 20 of them. Imagine the number of cards sent on this day and the amount of paper wasted and trees killed! Send e-cards instead. They're probably funnier anyway.

3. In addition to romance, responsibilities need to be taken into account

Valentine's Day is supposed to celebrate romantic love coming down to us from a long Western tradition. These days, this love, which sometimes ends up in a marriage, seldom lasts, as half of our country's marriages end in divorce

Not that we don't celebrate romantic love, but as days move into years, love alone is powerful not enough to keep them together. Both parties need a lot more than love to continue their coexistence, like a healthy dose of mutual respect and trust, civil discourse and open communication, and responsibility for each other and for their offspring if they have so chosen.

Rather than simply say "I love you," do something to show your love, like making a list of the good qualities that you  identify in your partner, taking care of the household work that you have avoided, being honest to your partner (as we know many extramarital affairs are carried out in an dishonest manner), reminding each other of the marriage vows, and planning to stay together till the end, as you both promised in the beginning.

Use this day to strengthen the bond between you and your significant other, sans card and candies. 

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Liam is a culture writing intern at PolicyMic. His work has appeared in "Running Times" and other running publications. He is also a professional middle-distance runner for the New Jersey-New York Track Club. After graduating from Columbia University with his bachelor's degree, he earned a Master's of Professional Studies in Journalism from Georgetown University. Originally from Bath, Mich, he spends his time watching TV, reading longform journalism, and thinking about who is going to be in the NCAA basketball tournament's Final Four.

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