When you are single, it can be intimidating to face Valentine’s day knowing roses or candy in a heart-shaped box might not be coming your way. You might feel awkward or left out when coworkers and friends are showing off jewelry and other tokens of affection received from their significant others.
However, Valentine’s Day is no longer exclusively an occasion for only couples to celebrate their love for one another. Over the years, Valentine’s Day has evolved into the official “love” day and no one is excluded from wanting to feel cared for and loved.
Instead of wallowing in self-pity because you are alone, how about turning the tables and spreading love, as opposed to waiting for it to come your way.
6 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Single
1. Spread the love to your family
Invite your parents to dinner. Take the opportunity to say how much you love them for always being there for you. Lavish the attention on them that they have always shown you. Give little valentine gifts to nieces and nephews. A cute stuffed animal, a pair of Valentine heart socks, special pencils to take to school are all ideas to delight a child and garner you appreciative hugs.
2. Surprise someone
If you have a friend or coworker who recently ended a relationship, surprise him/her with a huge box of chocolates in the fanciest heart-shaped box available. If someone you know is spending Valentine’s Day alone, invite that individual to spend the day or evening with you. Grab a bite to eat together and take in a movie. You might dispel your own lonely blues in the process of cheering up someone else.
3. Spread the love randomly
Pass out a Valentine’s Day token to everyone you encounter throughout the day. Buy mini boxes of chocolates or heart-shaped lollipops and hand them out to the mailman, your hairdresser, the clerk who checks out your groceries, a neighbor who passes by while walking his dog. The smile of delighted surprise on their faces is sure to instill love and peace in your heart.
4. Spread love where it might not be found
Some people have no one to love them on a regular basis. Visit a nursing home and ask at the desk who will not be having visitors. Drop-in on those residents for a friendly chat and give them each a Valentine token gift of candy or a single rose.
Bring some classic DVD movies for all the residents to enjoy and leave them with the activity department. Ask the activity director if you can give a hand helping residents do Valentine’s Day crafts. Spend the afternoon playing chess or a game of cards with residents who have no family to make their day special.
Spend the day at a homeless shelter, volunteer to serve in a soup kitchen, or help out at the local food bank. Giving of yourself to make a difference in the lives of others is the best way to lift everyone’s spirit, including your own.
6. Throw a singles party
Invite everyone you know who is currently unattached to a Valentine party and encourage them to bring a friend who might also be unattached and alone. Make it a potluck and stipulate the food must have a red and white theme. Give out mini heart-shaped boxes of candy as favors. Play board games, charades, or any other party game that is fun. Give token prizes with a Valentine’s Day theme.
Instead of ignoring Valentine’s Day because you are single, embrace the occasion as an opportunity to spread the love. You may not have someone special, but that does not mean you can’t make someone else feel special. Remember, when you spread happiness and love, you cannot help but get some on yourself.