by Megan Schalk, BA

Oh, Valentine’s Day. A day dedicated to love and expressing your appreciation for that special someone in your life. But what about those of us who are single? Bridget Jones coined “singleton” to refer to those living a single life. It is often perceived that being single equates to being lonely or unfulfilled. However, that is not the case. People can live very fulling lives without having a partner. But whether we consciously choose it or not, being single on Valentine’s Day isn’t fun. What can people do on or around Valentine’s Day to quiet the constant love bombing?

  1. Spend it with friends and family.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be romantic! At its core, Valentine’s Day is about love and showing your love for others. Spend time with family and friends like you would on any other holiday. Throw it back to our elementary days and have a pizza party. Make cheesy valentines and pass them out amongst your friends.

  1. Treat yourself! 

Take yourself out on a date. Treat yourself to things that you want. Dinner and a movie, some flowers, and expensive chocolates. Spend the day at the spa and show yourself that you love and care for your body and mind.

  1. Volunteer 

There is always a need for assistance somewhere. Spend the day volunteering at various destinations. Domestic violence shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries, or a local animal rescue. Spreading love and kindness is something we can all do year-round to show our compassion and love for others.

At the end of the day, Valentine’s is a holiday like any other. Some of us celebrate it, and some of us don’t. Whether you choose to participate is up to you! Just remember to be kind and spread the love you hope to receive!

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