The past few days have been filled with chocolate (find out if it’s really healthy or not), aphrodisiacs, love — and why it’s good for you, and sex. Happy Valentine’s week! (Most importantly, happy discounted chocolate Friday!) This week’s content wasn’t all love and kisses. Check out why dating sites don’t always produce the perfect match, and what Valentine’s day really means for one Greatist staffer.

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Single? Why Online Dating Sites May Not Be the AnswerDating sites claim the ability to find you the perfect match. But are these algorithms the secret to life-long love, or just a way to suck in hopeless romantics?

Table for One: A Single Girl’s Reflections on Valentine’s DayI wanted Josh, but I didn’t want a relationship. Now I’m single and that’s totally fine. Right?

15 Easy Ways to Beat Anxiety Now Running to make the train, work obligations, and family drama — there’s lots to be stressed about. For those who are always on-edge, look no further: We’ve got some tips to help get over the anxiety of everyday life.

Recipe: Cashew-Stuffed Mushrooms This gluten-free and vegan treat tastes as cheesy as the real thing, without any of the dairy.


We Did It: KettleX This week the Greatist Team tried out KettleX, a unique cardio and strength-based kettlebell workout designed by world kettlebell champion Lorna Kleidman. Follow along to see how we did!


This Valentine’s Day, Help Prevent Violence Against Women Worldwide Celebrate love in a very big way (and get your dance on) by joining One Billion Rising, a new revolution to end violence against women.

20 Last-Minute Ideas for a Healthier Valentine’s DayCan’t decide how to celebrate the big day tomorrow? Take a look at this list for the perfect date ideas for any healthy food or fitness buff.

#imagreatist Choices From Around the Web The #imagreatist community is inspiring everyone to make healthier choices. Read on for the top greatist moments of the week and see what motivates you!

Recipe: Pesto Quinoa Salad Whip up a big batch of this veggie-packed quinoa salad over the weekend to last you through the whole week!

If Mice and Men: New Report Could Change Scientific Testing StandardsLab rats might soon be a thing of the past. New research suggests conclusions made on rodent test subjects don’t hold up when it comes to helping humans.

Is Chocolate Actually Healthy?No wonder Willy Wonka has a healthy heart! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a hunk (of chocolate)! In the right form, chocolate can help reduce the risk of coronary disease, lower blood pressure, beat stress, and more.

Sorry Mango Creme, You’re Not a Healthy Girl Scout CookieWe’ve talked about the new Mango Creme cookie before, but there’s recent outcry over the Girl Scouts’ health claims.

Your Steak Is Getting More Antibiotics Than You Are“Antibiotics” may bring to mind human disease, but they’re actually administered — in much bigger numbers — to livestock in the meat industry. These drugs aren’t merely helping cows fight the sniffles; they’re actually making human infections harder to treat.

Do Aphrodisiacs Really Work?Looking for a little extra love this Valentine’s Day? We’ve dug deep to find out if aphrodisiacs really do the trick behind closed doors.

The Greatist Table: 10 Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes from Around the Web Check out these ten festive and healthy recipes to impress your crush, significant other, or friends on Valentine’s Day.

Snowed In? Surviving “Bad” Weather With John Ruskin Whether you’re trapped in snow storm Nemo or just dreaming about a winter wonderland, February is one of the most wintery months. Here, John Ruskin explains why there is no such thing as bad weather.

Recipe: Brussesls Sprout and Egg Scramble Try this super-simple oven-roasted entree for your next weekend brunch: Brussels sprouts and eggs, served with toast.


Men, Not Women, More Likely to Take Risks for Love? Reckless driving, unprotected sex — no problem if it’s in the name of love. New research suggests men are more likely to engage in risky behaviors when they’re thinking about romance. But the same finding doesn’t apply to women.

The Surprising Health Effects of LoveDon’t do it just for the roses and candlelit dinners. Romance can have a positive (and negative) impact on our health and wellbeing.

Do “Friends With Benefits” Really Benefit Us? Anyone who’s gone to college — or, heck, anyone — is probably familiar with the concept of “friends with benefits.” But what does science have to say about these relationships? And what “benefit” (besides the obvious one) do they really bring to our lives?

38 Things You Didn’t Know About Sex, Love, and RelationshipsWith February 14th right around the corner (we all know what holiday that is!), we’ve rounded up our top stories on all things love.

Does Reading Novels Make Us More Empathetic? Reading is bound to boost our vocabulary, but can it make us better at relating to others, too? A new study explored the unexpected connection between reading and empathy.

This Website Uses Your Social Graph to Make Tough DecisionsFrom choosing an outfit to selecting a life partner, we make hundreds of decisions every day. Sentio Search is a website trying to make those choices easier by letting us know how other, similar people’s decisions panned out.

The 16 Best Online Resources for Valentine’s Day GUEST POST: Netted by the Webbys, the experts in online tools, bring you 16 resources bound to make this Valentine’s Day a winner (even if you’ve put off planning til today).

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