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Confession Day: What is it, where did it come from, and why it's better to share your feelings today than any other day


For those who didn't know, Confession Day is a real thing, and it happens on the fifth day after Valentine's: February 19.

For those who didn't know, Confession Day is a real thing, and it happens on the fifth day after Valentine's: February 19.

While people declare their feelings when the time feels right, having and official day to do so gives people an opportunity (or an excuse) to be true to their feelings and unburden themselves on emotions they kept bottled up.

While there's no written history behind Confession Day being a few days away from Valentine's Day, its origins are traced back to the Judeo-Christian culture, when people confess their sins to God and ask for forgiveness, reports The Economic Times.

Fast forward to modern times, and Confession Day has evolved to an opportunity to not just admit your sins but to be transparent about your feelings, promoting emotional honesty and healthy communication in relationships. 

On Scientific American, psychologist James Pennebaker said being open and truthful about your feelings helps reduce stress and come to terms with certain things.

Meanwhile, life coach Nathaniel Chua said among the reasons people have a hard time expressing their feelings to their special someone is the fear of rejection. He advised them not to live this way "and face their feelings head-on."

"Behind that fear is the gift that you care about success and love," Chua said.

After all, it's better to know than to keep guessing, right? 

— Hermes Joy Tunac/LA, GMA Integrated News

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