5 Benefits To Being Single On Valentines Day

Love, Self

Single Awareness Day have you feeling SAD? Think of all the reasons why singles have it good today.

You started out the new year with a bang. You re-upped your online dating membership, sent countless messages and said yes to every blind date imaginable.  Yet still, here you are, single on Valentine’s Day.  In my unmarried days, I remember the agony of sitting at home on that fateful day of the year, opening the door for my roommate’s date to find him with a dozen red roses and a romantic twinkle in his eye then returning to my bowl of lukewarm ramen noodles.

If you’ve given the online dating game your all but haven’t made a connection worthy of cupid’s quiver, don’t fret.  Your dedication will pay off, just not always on the schedule that the greeting card companies dictate.  However, there are many positive factors about singlehood on February 14th that get overlooked. Below are my top 5 benefits of being single on Valentine’s Day.  So pop the cork, celebrate and keep on dating. Want to know if your online dating profile is working for you?  Get a FREE 15-Minute Profile Evaluation.

1. A Penny Saved Is A Date Earned – We all know that most restaurants crank up the prices on this one day under the assumption that poor romantic schlubs will be so eager to impress their date that they’ll plunk down a wad of cash for the privilege to sit amongst the other schlubs.  Rejoice in the fact that the money you’ll save tonight could be enough for two dates down the road.

2. Avoiding Present Panic – Every year around February 12th, my husband begins having heart palpitations because he realizes that he hasn’t gotten me anything and that any gift he buys at this point will be a harried afterthought.  If you get her flowers, they’ll be dead by the end of the week. Jewelry? Too simple and she’ll be disappointed, too expensive and she’ll think it’s a precursor for one particular diamond jewel in a little square box. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

3. Baby It’s Cold Outside – No matter where you are in the country, on February 14th the weather is likely to be less attractive than any date you could drum up. Avoid the cold temperatures, wind, snow, and freezing rain by enjoying the warmth and comfort of your own abode.

4. Keep Your New Year’s Resolution Diet – The #1 New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. However, by this time of the year it is also one of the most broken resolutions.  Without the pressure to eat the Valentine’s Day candies and chocolates from your date, you can stick to your plan and stay on track to be beach-ready in a couple months.

5. It’s Sweeps Week – Starting out as a TV casting director and then producer, I am keenly aware of the effect on TV on our social lives. Throughout the month of February, networks clamor to capture as many viewers as possible due to an archaic system for collecting ratings that began in the 1950s.  The good news for you is that during this month, millions of dollars will be spent on celebrity casting, stunning graphics, and shocking storylines for your favorite shows making February 14th the perfect time to spend the night with the boob tube. If you’re curious about the intricate details of February sweeps click here.

So if the holiday often regarded to as “Singles Awareness Day” has left you feeling S.A.D., take a moment to relish all the benefits of flying solo this year.  There are still 320 days left this year to meet your soulmate. Tonight, give yourself a break.

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