Setting the Stage for a Special Valentine’s Day

By Megan Morrow
Published February 14, 2019

If you are not necessarily in love with Valentine’s Day, you are not alone. While about half of people in a recent survey said they enjoy the annual day of hearts and Cupids, many others reported less-than-lovely feelings regarding Valentine’s Day.

However, just because you are past the stage of handcrafted Valentine’s boxes filled with cards from every kid in your class, that does not mean you have to let go of the fun – whether you are in a relationship or single.

Here are some clever ideas for sparking an extra-special Valentine’s celebration this year:

  • If you are in a relationship…Do something unexpected. Roses and chocolates are nice, but what about a surprise vacation weekend or an exquisitely prepared meal at home served with candles, beautiful music and a scrapbook of favorite memories? You can research other creative options in your area – perhaps, a moonlight snowshoe or hike or a cooking class? When you make the effort of planning something unexpected, you let your partner know that he or she is in your thoughts, no matter what day of the year.
  • If you are single…consider organizing a “Gal-entines Day or “Pal-entines” celebration with other friends. Make heart-shaped food, host a wine tasting, watch a sappy movie or play your favorite break-up songs. You can also buck tradition entirely and do something out-of-the-box like a ceramics class, a sporting event or a neighborhood bonfire.
  • If you prefer to spend the day alone…Time alone can be good for the soul. If Valentine’s Day feels too commercial or forced, then plan an evening to treat yourself. This can be anything from seeing a play to playing a few rounds of Solitaire. Give yourself the time, love and dedication today and this year.
  • If someone in your life has experienced a loss in the past year…what better time to send your love and appreciation? Take your neighbor out for coffee or send a card to your cousin. Simple gestures can be incredibly meaningful, particularly for those who may be struggling with grief this time of year.

Whether the calendar reads February 14 or any other day, you can focus on the people, activities and things you love to create more joy and pleasure in 2019.

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