Leading article: Put your heart into it

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The Independent Online

Many of the nation's schoolchildren are quietly exhaling sighs of relief. For most of them, Valentine's Day falls during the half-term holiday this year. None of that yukky stuff at school, therefore.

The rest of us, however, can indulge in a little bit of sentimental uplift. Yes, we know about the commercial exploitation, why kissing is unhealthy and how easy it is to sneer at the festival of kitsch's pink hearts and ribbony stuff. But we are looking for the better side of human nature and a respite from the cold.

It is no bad thing to celebrate fidelity and coy protestations of undying devotion.

So let us count blessings, enumerate those good points in full, and have a happy Be Very Nice To Someone Day on Tuesday.

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