Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines day

We all need love, especially now, after economic downturn, after jobless and sleepless nights, after all the hard-wok in holidays!!! How wonderful that we can celebrate Romance once a year, for ourselves!! Oh, should be more, 365 Love, do you agree?

To begin, why we celebrate Valentine's day? Well, business people (like me) love it! Women (like me) love it! Doctors love it too. I still can not believe it that my doctor schedule my visit on 2/14!!!;((( Doesn't he know this is the most important holiday for women?;)) Anyway, health should be more important...I agree, doctor!

Mint Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (it makes you smell and tastes goodie)  

Alcoholic recipes-Love addicts (Pu Erh) (helps generate more "dopamine", i mean pleasure)

Apple Cocoa Smoothies (more smoothie pleasure)

Whole Wheat Orange Biscuit for love (tea break-energy refill)

Flower in ice (Green tea ice cubes, sugarless, eggless, saltless, vegan) (Romantic)

 photo by Jeniee Greene

Valentine's day (a beautiful name for a male), according to History Channel,

is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial--which probably occurred around A.D. 270--others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. 

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”--at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine's Day should be a day for romance. 

I got it-not June 14 because no animal mate in Summer, too hot; not Nov 14, because that's time for sleep. No, I'm wrong, as we, human beings, are the only kind of animal on earth who can mate 24/7! All good!

How can these happen? I actually found an article on Time Magazine: The Science of Romance: Why We Love? 

the sensation of romance is processed in three areas. The first is the ventral tegmental, a clump of tissue in the brain's lower regions, which is the body's central refinery for dopamine. Dopamine does a lot of jobs, but the thing we notice most is that it regulates reward. When you win a hand of poker, it's a dopamine jolt that's responsible for the thrill that follows. When you look forward to a big meal or expect a big raise, it's a steady flow of dopamine that makes the anticipation such a pleasure.

"This little factory near the base of the brain is sending dopamine to higher regions," she says. "It creates craving, motivation, goal-oriented behavior--and ecstasy."

Well, one word-Happy Valentine's day!! BTW, did not find who is the author for the first picture...anyone knows, please let me know. Thanks.


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