Valentine’s Day originates as a day to celebrate and honor early saints named Valentinus within the Western Christian religion. It became associated with romantic love in the 14th century when the tradition of courtly love flourished. Hand-written valentines were created until the 19th century. This is when the transition to mass-produced greeting cards began. Overall, Valentine’s Day is a day to honor and celebrate time with your loved one. This does not particularly mean your significant other! There are plenty of ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day, even if you lack the joys of a significant other.
Make Valentines for your closest friends: Your friends are an important factor in your life. Take this day to remind them how much they mean to you. Create hand-crafted valentines for your closest friends as a reminder of your loving and caring nature. Are you not very creative and crafty? Go to the store and buy some pre-made valentines to hand out to your friends! Remember, it’s the thought that counts the most.
Go on a friend date: You’re definitely not the only person that’s single on Valentine’s Day. Find another friend that is also single, and go out on a friend date! See a movie, go out to dinner, or explore scenery. Based on personal experience, this is very successful. My single friend and I went to Pizza Hut on Valentine’s Day, and had a blast! We bought each other cards and reminded each other how much our friendship means to the other. Not all dates have to be cute and romantic. Cherish your friendships.
Stay home and have a “me” Day: Are you a rather shy person? Are you an introvert? Take this day to yourself and stay home and reflect on your own self-love. It is important to love yourself before you can love someone else. Take this time to reflect on your well-being. Are you happy? Are you ready to celebrate this holiday with someone else? Do you have no interest in a significant other, and want to stay single forever? Do what you love, do what makes you happy.
Spend the day with Family: Are you a people person, but you just haven’t found the right one? Your friends are all busy, and you feel left out in the dust. Take this day to reflect on and enjoy time with the people that mean the most to you. Friends and significant others can be temporary, but family is forever. Rent a movie and watch it with your parents. Get together with siblings and go out to dinner. Are you tight on money? Most people have Netflix or Hulu for movies and TV shows. Find a new movie, or watch an old classic. Not a big movie junkie? Get together and look through old family photo albums. Reflect on the memories that mean the most to you. And don’t forget, your furry friend’s need some love, too!
Overall, Valentine’s Day is a day of love and embracement. Although it is commonly celebrated with a significant other, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday without a special someone. Take this day to get out and enjoy what you already have in your life, instead of grieving on what you wish you had. Happy Valentine’s Day!