So, Valentine's Day is approaching, and you're single. You can't even spend the day with your friends, because all of them are coupled up, and you don't want to be the third wheel. You might think that you only have two options: to find a date using Tinder and hope that it turns out well, or to wallow in self-pity all day. You're wrong! Here's 5 ideas for spending Valentine's Day alone that don't involve these options.
#1. Treat yourself. On Valentine's Day, we spend lots of money on gifts for people we love. Since you don't have a significant other to spend money on, feel free to spend it on yourself (because you love yourself and deserve nice things). Buy something you've been wanting to buy for a while, book a day at spa, or splurge on a new pair of shoes that costs a fortune. In other words, become your own Valentine and make yourself happy. It's better than cry and whine all day.
#2. Spend the night with the man/woman of your dreams. Everyone has a celebrity crush, even though many people will never admit it out loud. On Valentine's Day, treat yourself to some eye-candy and spend the night marathoning movies with your favorite actor or actress. It's much better than crying over sappy romantic films based on the novels by Nicholas Sparks (although if you're a Ryan Gosling fan, you will absolutely have to watch The Notebook).
#3. Celebrate Singles Awareness Day. Singles Awareness/Appreciation Day serves as a complement to Valentine's Day for people who are not involved in a romantic relationship. On this day, single people often gather to embrace their singleness. You can look up on the Internet if there is such a gathering in your area or even organize one! By the way, on this day a lot of people wear green (as the opposite of red) or black (as an absence of color). Maybe this piece of information will help you find other people who are single on Valentine's Day.
#4. Do something nice for another person. You're not the only one who might be feeling a bit down today. Valentine's Day is about spreading love and kindness, so go for it. Make someone's day brighter by doing something nice. Give a thank you card to the barista who always serves you coffee and remembers your name, buy a rose and give it to the first person you meet on the street, volunteer at a children's hospital or senior citizen center. There are a lot of people who need to know that someone cares about them. Be the person who cares!
#5. Do the usual. No matter what Hallmark and candy companies want you to think, Valentine's Day is no big deal. For some reason a lot of people feel pressured to celebrate it even though they don't really want to. But just because everyone else is celebrating it doesn't mean you have to do the same. Ignore romantic craze around you and do all the things you would do on a normal day: go to work, have lunch with your co-workers, go home, cook dinner, catch up on TV shows on your DVR, go do bed. (By the way, being single on Valentine's Day – or ever, for that matter – doesn't make you less of a person, so there's absolutely no reason to feel sorry for yourself.)
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