The Source Sweetheart Project

No two sweetheart stories are the same. The Source wants a photo of you and your sweetheart. Also, briefly let us know your story in 25 words. We know that isn’t much, but a few words can say a lot! Be creative. Say it in a poem, a limerick, your special saying, a great movie line, a meaningful song lyric or however you can best express you and your sweetheart!

Think of all the great lines you might come up with if you try! “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” — “The Fault in Our Stars.” Or an Elvis Presley song lyric: “Take my hand, take my whole life too. For I can’t help falling in love with you.” Or even the Dr. Seuss line: “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

How do you think people meet these days? Is it in person, through work, through social media, Tinder or dating sites? In our computer age, you would be surprised!

According to a 2,373-person survey conducted by Mic (MicMedia at in March 2017 using Google Consumer Surveys, “more 18- to 34-year-olds met their current significant others through mutual friends than through any other means, including dating apps — close to 39 percent of respondents said they met ‘through friends in common,’ closely followed by 22 percent who said they met ‘out in a social setting.’”

According to the dictionary, a sweetheart is “a person with who someone is having a romantic relationship. It is also used as a term of endearment or affectionate for of address (to a friend or person). And refers to a particularly loveable or pleasing person or thing.”

Think of those who know you best, your friends and family. They know who you really are, not a superficial you. They are who know your likes, dislikes, and perhaps even someone who you might “fit” with and make you happy. So, in many cases they are your best source, friends of friends or friends of family. They are also who you will want your sweetheart to be around with you. If not, you isolate yourself from the people who mean the most in your life, for a relationship, and in most cases, that isn’t a healthy thing.

Mic also said, “Moreover, when it comes to turning initial connections into romantic relationships, friendships still yield the best results — 40 percent of respondents said they were ‘platonic friends first’ before getting romantic, versus 35 percent who started as a series of formal dates and 24 percent who got started from a hookup.”

Send your sweetheart photo and 25-word description; show the community what “sweethearts” look like! Email your photo and description to You will be featured in our special “Sweethearts edition,” published February 8.

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