In just two days, Valentine’s Day will be here and many couples will be celebrating with gifts, cards, and candy. If you’re single, you feel one of two ways about Valentine’s Day. Either you don’t mind it at all and it doesn’t bother you or you would punch it in the face if it was a person. If you are dreading the 14th and you can’t wait until it’s over, here are some ideas to make it more enjoyable.
Celebrate the love you have for your friends and family
So often romantic love is the only love that we are constantly told to go after. Movies, songs, and television make it seem like romantic love alone will make us whole. However, those of us with amazing friends and family know that love comes in many shapes and sizes. Even if you don’t have a so called special someone in your life, it doesn’t mean that your life isn’t full of special people worth celebrating. So take some time this Valentine’s Day to remind them that you love them and you are thankful for them.
Surprise your single friends with something sweet
Even though John and I have been together for over eight years, celebrating Valentine’s Day with a surprise for some of my closet friends is still one of my favorite things about this month. I’m the type of person who says I love you to all of my friends every time I am getting off of the phone with them. So it only makes sense to use Valentine’s Day as a celebration of the awesome love I have for my friends.
Celebrate self-love with something special for you
Self Love should be an every day practice but why not kick it up a notch for Valentine’s Day? People all over the place are celebrating the people they love in their lives and we all know that you can’t love others without first loving yourself. Why not get yourself a beautiful bouquet of flowers, treat yourself to a spa day, or plan a fun trip to a place you have always wanted to visit?
Spread love: Volunteer, give things away, etc.
I always feel like Valentine’s Day is a great time to go through your closet and get rid of some things. Spread love to those in need by giving away things you don’t honestly need. For those who live in colder climates, February is one of the months that homeless shelters request coats the most. If you want to hold on to what you have or you don’t have a lot to give, volunteering is another way to spread love this Valentine’s Day. There are so many volunteer opportunities at local soup kitchens and homeless shelters that always need a hand. If you don’t like to volunteer in person, you should consider helping to raise funds online for a cause you believe in.
When it is all said and done, Valentine’s Day is just another day and it is certainly not something that you should let upset you in any way. Forget what the card companies say and find a way to make it your own and enjoy it. If you start this Valentine’s Day with a positive outlook and try one of the ideas above, it just might become one of your favorite days of the year!