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A few sweet Valentine's Day tidbits to get you in the mood for love.

By Kristin Wong Feb 12, 2013 5:43PM

Haven't yet been hit by Cupid's arrow? Not in the Valentine's Day spirit? Well, The Heart Beat is here to give you the romantic kick in the pants you need.

The V-Day bug bit us early this year, and we've been spending our days reading and researching some sweet Valentine's Day stories and statistics. We now bring you 10 romantic facts about Valentine's Day.

Photo: Facts about Valentine's Day / Sheri Blaney/Getty Images


Wedded bliss has an expiration date, according to a recent study.

By Kristin Wong Feb 12, 2013 3:50PM

When is the honeymoon officially over? Three and a half years into marriage, a new study says.

Two thousand married adults were polled about their marriage and romance habits, and researchers found that couples generally start taking each other for granted three years and six months into their marriage.

Couples start taking each other for granted three years and six months into their marriage.More on MSN Living: Best Valentine's Day gifts on Pinterest

It might sound like a depressing statistic, but 75 percent of those surveyed said they felt this was "normal." In fact, only 43 percent of respondents considered taking a partner for granted to be a bad thing.


The history of this holiday goes back further than you think.

By Kristin Wong Feb 11, 2013 3:36PM

Couples have been cozying up on Valentine's Day for centuries. And probably for just as long, singles have been scoffing at the holiday.

But just where and when did Valentine's Day start? It may go back further than you think. We've put together a brief history of the holiday for the amorous and curious alike.

Photo: History of Valentine's Day / Photo: History of Valentine's Day / George Doyle/Getty ImagesMore on MSN Living: Best Valentine's Day gifts on Pinterest


Men's Health ranks the best places for dating and relationships.

By Mens Health Magazine Feb 8, 2013 5:23PM

If you live in Atlanta and your name is Ted Turner, you don't need help finding a girlfriend—or four, the number Turner was juggling last May. Alas, Atlanta singles without billions aren't so lucky.

"The city is very spread out," said Janet Page, Ph.D., a relationship therapist in Atlanta. "It can be hard to break into the social scene."

This may be why Hotlanta is a hotbed of online dating.

Photo: Best cities for online dating / Richard Williams Photography/Getty Images


A same-sex couple in China has shared their wedding with the world.

By Kristin Wong Feb 8, 2013 4:18PM

Marriage equality is a struggle in the U.S., but in China, it's even more challenging. After all, it was just 1997 that the country decriminalized homosexuality. 

So when a gay Chinese couple decided to have a wedding ceremony and share it with the world, their story went viral.

Photo: Elderly gay couple marry in China / weibo.com via shehui.daqi.com


In China, gays and lesbians struggle to blend in with tradition.

By Kristin Wong Feb 7, 2013 11:01PM

In a culture where tradition is everything, same-sex relationships aren't exactly endorsed. In fact, in China, gay relationships on TV or in movies are often censored.

Thus, China's 'fake-marriage market' is a gathering in which gays and lesbians meet to organize heterosexual marriages.

Sham marriages are a growing issue in China. The country's gay population often find themselves coerced into traditional, opposite-sex marriages; Bloomberg reports that 16 million Chinese women are married to gay men. The country even has a title for these women: tongqi.

Photo: China's fake marriage market growing / @mr.jerry/Getty Images


We cordially invite you to stay at home.

By Kristin Wong Feb 7, 2013 7:47PM

A controversial new wedding trend is emerging: the anti-invite. Some have also dubbed it the unvite. Whatever you want to call it, you're not invited.

Couples planning a budget-friendly wedding are often faced with the dilemma of the guest list—too many friends and family, and the budget is blown. To deal with this awkward issue, many couples have started sending out alerts that tell acquaintances, "You're not invited."

As you can imagine, the trend is a little contentious.

Photo: New wedding trend - you are not invited/ SuperStock


A poll shows men have a much looser definition of infidelity.

By Kristin Wong Feb 7, 2013 4:51PM

When it comes to infidelity, men and women can generally agree on one thing—having sex with another person is cheating. 

But from there, the definition varies between the sexes.

Photo: Is kissing cheating? / Russell Underwood/Getty ImagesOnline dating sites ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com recently released a report titled, "State of Dating." It included a survey of 2,700 singles, asking them what they believe constitutes cheating. All of the women polled—100 percent—said that kissing someone else is an act of infidelity. However, lots of guys weren't on the same page. Only 86 percent of men agreed that kissing is indeed cheating.

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