National Broken Hearts Day

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Welcome to National Broken Hearts Day! Grab some tissues and get ready for a day filled with heartache and, hopefully, some healing. Whether you're nursing a recent breakup or still recovering from an old wound, National Broken Hearts Day is here to remind you that you're not alone in your pain. So, lean on your friends, indulge in some self-care, and let's dive into the history of this relatable day of heartbreak.

When is Broken Hearts Day?

It's national broken hearts day on the 26th May.

The Origins of National Broken Hearts Day

We've all experienced heartbreak at some point in our lives. It's a universal feeling that transcends borders, cultures, and even time. National Broken Hearts Day was created to acknowledge and validate the pain that comes with losing a loved one, whether through a breakup, divorce, or the passing of a partner.

While the exact genesis of this day is a bit mysterious, its popularity soared on May 26, 2015. Perhaps something happened on that day that brought the entire internet together in a collective sob-fest. Or maybe it was just a cosmic coincidence. Either way, since then, May 26th has become the unofficial designated date for National Broken Hearts Day.

How to Celebrate

While National Broken Hearts Day isn't about throwing extravagant parties or exchanging gifts, it's still an important day to honor your emotions and practice self-care. Here are a few ideas for how to spend the day:

  • Have a movie marathon featuring your favorite tearjerkers. Grab a box of tissues, a tub of ice cream, and prepare for an emotional rollercoaster.
  • Reach out to friends who have also experienced heartbreak and plan a support group gathering. Share your stories, offer each other advice, and maybe even find some healing in solidarity.
  • Indulge in some self-care. Treat yourself to a spa day, go for a long walk in nature, or do something that brings you joy.

Did You Know?

Did you know that heartbreak can physically hurt? Studies have shown that the emotional pain of heartbreak activates the same areas of the brain as physical pain, explaining why it can feel like your heart is being physically crushed.

History behind the term 'Broken Hearts'

16th century

Origins in Shakespearean era

In the 16th century, during the Shakespearean era, the term 'broken heart' first appeared in English literature. It was used in Shakespeare's plays to describe the intense emotional pain experienced when one's love or romantic relationship ends tragically. This period marked the initial cultural recognition of a broken heart as a metaphorical condition.

19th century

The anatomy of a broken heart

During the 19th century, the concept of a 'broken heart' became more intertwined with physical symptoms. Physicians and medical professionals began to recognize the impact of emotional distress on a person's physical well-being. Symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and palpitations were attributed to a broken heart, and the term gained further recognition in medical literature.

20th century

Romanticized broken hearts

In the 20th century, the notion of a broken heart took on a romanticized meaning in popular culture. Art, literature, and music often portrayed the idea of a broken heart as a universal experience, emphasizing the depth of emotional pain and longing. The term became a symbol of lost love and unrequited affections, resonating with audiences worldwide.

21st century

Scientific understanding and metaphorical usage

In the 21st century, scientific research has shed light on the physical and psychological effects of heartbreak. Studies have shown that intense emotional stress can lead to actual cardiovascular symptoms due to the release of stress hormones. Today, the term 'broken heart' continues to be used metaphorically to describe various forms of emotional anguish, extending beyond just romantic relationships.

Did you know?

Did you know that heartbreak can physically hurt? Studies have shown that the emotional pain of heartbreak activates the same areas of the brain as physical pain, explaining why it can feel like your heart is being physically crushed.


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26th May 2015

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26th May 2015

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