Valentine's Day excuse!  When we feel sad or stressed, we struggle to remember everyday tasks.

Valentine’s Day excuse! When we feel sad or stressed, we struggle to remember everyday tasks.

The perfect excuse to forget about Valentine’s Day! Just say you’re a little sad after research has shown that low mood or stress means we struggle to remember everyday tasks.

  • Researchers have found that feeling sad or stressed makes us less likely to remember to complete everyday tasks.
  • Volunteers reported on their mood, while not forgetting to send messages at certain times of the day.
  • The results showed that as participants’ mood changed from more negative to more positive, they were more likely to remember the task.

It’s happened to the best of us – you wake up on Valentine’s Day and realize you forgot to buy your partner a card.

But don’t be afraid. For this year at least, you can blame your pandemic mood for it.

Researchers have found that feeling sad or stressed makes us less likely to remember to complete everyday tasks.

A team from the University of Aberdeen asked volunteers to report their mood while remembering to send messages at specific times of the day (image from file).

A team from the University of Aberdeen asked volunteers to report their mood while remembering to send messages at specific times of the day (image from file).

The results showed that as participants' mood changed from more negative to more positive, they were more likely to remember the task (image from file).

The results showed that as participants’ mood changed from more negative to more positive, they were more likely to remember the task (image from file).

A team from the University of Aberdeen asked volunteers to report their mood while remembering to send messages at specific times of the day.

The results showed that as participants’ mood changed from more negative to more positive, they were more likely to remember the task.

The study, published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, shows for the first time how mood can affect memory in “real world” conditions.

Dr. Francesco Pupillo, one of the leaders of the study, said: “This is another piece of the puzzle that shows the potential for positive moods to help us remember and complete tasks.”

“And yes, maybe if you forgot a special day or Valentine’s Day — you might get away with it by blaming the pandemic blues.”

Co-author Dr. Katarina Schnitzspan added: “If we leave the office in a happy mood on Valentine’s Day, it will be easier for us to remember to buy these flowers on our way home.”

Honey, you stole my new heart…

As far as love stories go, it might sound pretty arbitrary—she’s changed her mind, and now he can breathe easy.

But Emma Hilton and Craig Jones’ path to romance is anything but ordinary.

The couple met through something in common – a life-saving organ transplant.

Miss Hilton, 32, received a new heart when she was 12, and plumber Mr Jones received a pair of donor lungs in 2017 after a suspected infection that left him in a coma.

Pictured: Emma Hilton and Craig Jones from Leeds, who met and fell in love at the 2018 European Transplant Games.

Pictured: Emma Hilton and Craig Jones from Leeds, who met and fell in love at the 2018 European Transplant Games.

The volleyball players met at the 2018 UK Transplant Games and 27-year-old Mr Jones proposed last November.

Ms Hilton, who is also a cancer survivor, said: “When we met, we understood what each other had to go through and now we are getting married.

“This is the perfect ending to our transplant journeys.”

The Leeds couple are planning to get married next June.

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