How To Survive Valentine's Day When You're Single

Valentine's Day...It's Not Just for Couples Anymore!

Valentine's Day. Is it a day filled with warmth and love for that special someone? Or is it, simply put, "Singles' Awareness Day"?

Yes, it's that time of year again. As you stroll down the aisles of your local store, you roll your eyes at all the heart-shaped candy boxes and giant stuffed animals that play "Wild Thing". What good is Valentine's Day if you're single, other than the fact that it reminds you that you do not have someone special to share this day with? It's bad enough that you have to help your best friend figure out what to get their boyfriend/girlfriend...but now you have stores shoving your single-ness in your face!

You may feel like throwing yourself a pity-party on Valentine's Day, but I say we singles need to take back the day! Here are some ways to help ease the pain of spending the holiday solo and turn it around into something, dare I say, fun?

  1. Be happy with being single. DO NOT spend the day moping around wishing that you had a special someone in your life. And DO NOT sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Enjoy, and be proud, of the fact that you don't need anyone in your life and you are perfectly happy on your own. It isn't so bad. There are many perks to being single. You don't have the constant explaining to do and the constant nagging. You are free to do whatever you please and don't have to answer to anyone. You can do what you want and appreciate it. Enjoy your freedom! In fact, maybe couples should be jealous of you!
  2. Be your own Valentine. If Valentine's Day is supposed to be the day we let people know how much we love them, why not love yourself today! Buy yourself some pretty flowers or tickets to that concert you've been wanting to go to. Find some way to treat yourself special today to remind yourself how much you love you. One of the great things about not having a Valentine is that you don't have to go out and spend money. Instead of opting for those flowers or tickets, why not spend the day doing something you love like reading, drawing or whatever it is that makes you happy.
  3. Round up your other single pals. While your friends with significant others are out with their other half, round up your single friends for a fun night. Just because you are single doesn't mean you have to spend the day or night alone!
    • For the ladies: Spend the night eating those heart-shapes boxes of candies, grab a martini and watch some movies. Steer clear of the chick-flicks! Comedies, dramas and even horror movies would make a much better choice for the occasion. The last thing you want to do is cry over some silly movie that makes you wonder why you can't find a guy like the one in the movie! My suggestion: make it a Sex and the City marathon night!
    • For the gentlemen: Order up some pizza, invite your buddies over, crack open a beer and settle in for a night of television, movies or sports. Or maybe you can have some sort of Halo marathon that night. You can all revel in the fact that you are not being dragged around to a fancy restaurant and the latest chick flick by a girl.
  4. Hit the bars. What better way to celebrate your single-ness than going out and having some fun! Hit up the local bars to spice up the night. Not to mention that the alcohol will probably help you forget all about Valentine's Day. Chances are majority of the people there will be single too. So who knows, maybe you will meet your next Valentine there!

So, this year instead of moping around on Valentine's Day, make it a day to recognize how great it is to be single. There are many different ways to make the holiday more exciting if you are single. It doesn't have to be a day designed only for couples anymore. Let it be a day to love yourself and have some fun....because those guys and girls out there don't know what they are missing!


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