Happy Valentine’s Day!

Like 6 year old girls everywhere, I love hearts – always have and (hopefully) always will. As such, I take photos of hearts when I travel. I took the above photo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during a visit last December. They, like many cities around the world, participated in a public art project and displayed an object of choice – in their case, hearts – around the city, painted, sculpted or otherwise imagined and created by various artists. Some friends of mine once painted a cow for San Antonio’s display of cows. I once painted a race car sculpture for Indianapolis (mine is on this site, about 3/4 of the way down the page). San Francisco has also done hearts. Buenos Aires (or BA, as it’s often called) did hearts and, being a Spanish speaking country, they were called corazones (in case you want to Google "Buenos Aires" and "corazones" to find more images.

Anyway, whether or not you have a partner, whether or not you have ever been in love (or are now), Valentine’s Day – commercialism aside – is, I think, a good day to consider what and whom you love, and whether you are living your life in a way that makes that clear and that feels fulfilling.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.