Spread the love!
Boyfriend bonfires (burning your ex-boyfriend's stuff a la the classic Friends episode) and copious dark chocolate consumption are the yearly Valentine's Day prescriptions for single ladies.
But what about the non-bitter singletons among us, you know those of you actually don't MIND being single on Valentine's Day. Shouldn't the celebration have something for us as well? In short, yes!
We've come up with seven ideas that treat Valentine's Day not as a day to glorify romance, but as a day to celebrate love in general — love for yourself, your friends, your community and for the world. The ideas also work for singles wishing for a life of couplehood. So go forth and revel, no matter what your relationship status.
1. Indulge yourself.
Since Valentine's Day is all about love, spend the day loving yourself. It makes perfect sense. Play hooky from work (or just leave an hour early) and do whatever you want, be it pampering yourself with a lavish mani-pedi or staying home, ordering take out and binge-watching every movie your celeb crush has ever made. Or binge-watch a full season of your favorite TV show on Netflix. After all, you have no one to please but your own self.
2. Follow through.
If indulging seems a little too ... indulgent, go the opposite direction and use the day to finish (or start) something you've been meaning to tackle. Secure that promotion you're after at work, sign up for Mint.com to get your finances in order, or rearrange your bookshelf by color.
3. Fall in love with something new.
Interested in taking up yoga? Want to learn how to dance ballet? Wish you could cook risotto? Challenge yourself to do something you haven't done before or seldom get to do because of your schedule.
4. Send love someone else's way.
Studies show that kindness spreads, so start an epidemic. Give Valentine's Day cards to those close to you, like your co-workers and friends, as well as those not so close to you, like the barista who serves you your coffee.
Not the Hallmark type? Volunteer locally and help those less fortunate than you. Seeing a face light up from your small gesture will fill you with love and make the world a better place.
5. Participate in a "Secret Valentine" with your friends.
Who needs a valentine when you and your girlfriends have each other? Round up your girls, draw names from a hat, and buy whomever you draw a little something. Then, on V-Day, meet at a friend's apartment to exchange gifts. Afterward, get all dolled up and enjoy a night out on the town. Try a karaoke bar, because let's face it, when is karaoke anything but a good time?
6. Throw a party.
If gift-giving won't go over with your group, invite your friends over to celebrate being fabulous.
7. Figure out what you want out of love.
Even if you don't want to right now or don't believe it will ever happen, everyone, including you, can fall in love. And it usually happens when you least expect it. So take some time to write down a few love goals. Whether you want to remain single for 10 more years or want to start dating this month, that clarity makes it that much easier to get there.