Ways to Be Happy Being Single on Valentine’s Day
In a world that seems designed to appeal to couples, trying to be happy being single on Valentine’s Day may be the hardest task of all. With all the sappy commercials, bright balloons and huge bouquets of flowers, it’s not like you can just ignore all the lovey-dovey stuff going on around you.
Everywhere you turn, shop windows and street corners are immersed in red and pink to commemorate love’s own holiday – one you don’t want to celebrate.
Never fear, though! Despite what you may think, there is a way to have a great time on February 14th! You just have to think about what it is you’d like to do – and how much planning you are willing to engage in.
With a little work, you could end up having a lot more fun than all those couples walking around. Here are four ideas to help you set the stage for a memorable evening:
- Find Light-hearted People to Hang Out With
First and foremost, the most crucial thing you can do is surround yourself with others who have a good outlook. Believe it or not, you probably have dozens of friends or acquaintances who are going to be free, which means you don’t have to spend the evening alone cursing the TV every time a jewelry commercial comes on.
Just be certain you are going to be with people with a sense of humor about Valentine’s Day – being around a bunch of Debbie Downers will only make things worse.
- Plan a Party (or Find One)
Some find a strong temptation to drink away their sorrows while the world celebrates, but that’s really not a healthy way to deal with your feelings. Why not, instead of heading to a bar in the hopes of finding miserable company, pull together a gathering for some close family and friends?
With the economy the way it is, many people are searching for alternatives to an expensive Valentine’s dinner in a fine restaurant and you can provide that! Determine whether you’d like a large gathering or an intimate, conversation-driven evening and then ask your guests to bring along a dish. All you have to do is come up with a place for everyone to meet – even a simple game night can be a fun option.
- Go On a Blind Date
This is for the boldest of singles, as it will likely require flexibility and a willingness to move at the very last possible minute. Though you might be able to ask around a few days – and there are certainly plenty of web-based options to get you connected – many people might be unwilling to head out on Valentine’s Day because of the extra bit of romance implied.
Make sure everyone knows you are just looking for interesting conversation and a positive-minded person to spend the evening with. Your goal should be to have an enjoyable time instead of making a lasting love connection.
If you go into it expecting to meet your true love, chances are you’ll be disappointed. On the other hand, rolling with the punches might mean you end up with exactly that.
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