Love and health
Welcome to February, arguably the most depressing month of the year. Not only is it cold, damp, and cheerless, but we have Valentine’s day to contend with.
The Valentine’s corporate juggernaut is well under way by now, pitilessly driving those with significant others to shell out for tacky cards, sickly chocolates, and overpriced restaurant meals. Meanwhile single people find themselves alienated and wishing they had someone on whom to blow £30 on an “I luv you” cuddly toy.
In the face of all this, it’s good to know that our choices in love also have an impact on our health. In an editorial this month (doi: 10.1136/sbmj.d404) public health doctor John Gallacher finds that you have to choose your partner very carefully if you want a long and healthy life. No pressure.
If it’s all too much for you, on the fourteenth you could just stay in and watch the