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My wish to you on Valentine’s Day 2016

Published: February 14, 2016 | Last Updated: February 22, 2016 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading
Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine’s Day 2016

Valentine’s Day 2016: Not just for lovers

The first handmade Valentine’s Day cards in the 1800s weren’t intended only for lovers. They also celebrated affection between friends and relatives.

A woman named Esther Howland, one of the pioneers of the greeting card industry in the U.S., was charmed by an ornate English Valentine she received from a friend. So she began a business of importing lace and floral decorations from England and turned them into fancy Valentine cards.

In 1850, she advertised them in the Worcester, Massachusetts newspaper, The Daily Spy. Her business grew so quickly that she had to enlist friends in an assembly-line operation to meet the demand. Her sales are reported to have exceeded $100,000, a handy sum at the time for a female entrepreneur.

On February 14th, people in Finland celebrate Ystävänpäivä, which is translated as Friend’s Day. In Mexico, it is called the Día del amor y la amistad, the day of love and friendship.

A recent post from the Today Show mentions how people are redefining Valentine’s Day to make it more inclusive of friendships.

Admittedly, the day has been over-commercialized in the U.S. but it still remains a fitting time to express love and appreciation, in whatever way we choose, to the  important people in our lives—which, of course, includes our friends. Perhaps, it’s a good thing that perfunctory Valentine’s Day greeting cards are less in style.

This year, I only received one Valentine’s Day card from a friend who thanked me for a very small act of kindness. It was especially meaningful that she remembered and too the time to write.

Is there someone who touched your heart this year? It’s not too late to tell them so.

I want to personally thank everyone who visits this blog to better understand and work out the kinks that invariably occur in friendships, and also those who give of their hearts with advice and support.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2016!

Some interesting Valentine’s Day facts from the History Channel.


This post, an update to one that appeared on the blog in 2009, is dedicated to my Dad who died on Valentine’s Day 2006.

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  1. Alana says:

    Dr. Irene I just found you – a belated Valentine’s Day to someone I know I will be learning more about friendship from.

  2. Lisa says:

    Thank you Irene, Once again you have given to others so unselfishly. We all appreciate you and all you give to everyone. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I give Valentine’s LOVE to everyone in my life not just my fiance. Blessings to you always.

  3. lottie says:

    Quite right,Valentines Day is for everybody not just lovers.

    My husband and I always write each other several cards hiding them around our home. We know it is silly but it is our way it makes us laugh and is fun.

    Thank you Irene for all you have done.

  4. Lauren says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Irene! You have given so much to so many in the name of friendship, wisdom and thoughtfulness, and you do it in such a wise , diplomatic and kindhearted way. Thank you for all that you do.

  5. Cindy La Ferle says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Dr. Irene! Your friendship is a blessing in my life — and in the lives of many, many others, I am sure. Thanks for all you do to remind us of the importance of friendship.

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