5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

As another holiday approaches, I am having a hard time remembering the magic that used to accompany it.

As a child, holidays and birthdays held so much magic and promise.  They were something to look forward to and plan and celebrate.

I’m not sure when that changed.

But for me, they don’t hold as much magic any more.

So here are 5 ways to put the magic back into a holiday like Valentine’s Day.

  1. Celebrate the good, don’t dwell on the bad.  For many people, Valentine’s Day is just a reminder that they are single.  Instead of focusing on that, we should focus on our relationships of all kinds and celebrate the most important relationship of all – the one with ourselves.
  2. Choose something fun that you love.  Instead of dreading the day, choose an activity that you know you will enjoy.  Plan to go on a bike ride or read a good book.  Choose to spend the day with a friend that will make you smile instead of sulking on the couch.  Watch a movie that will make you believe in the magic of the day again, instead of making you sad that the day exists.
  3. Re-explore the holidays as a kid.  Buy valentines and give them out to co-workers or friends.  Better yet, make valentines for them.  If you don’t have specific offices or co-workers, make some generic valentines that you can pass out to friendly strangers that might love it.  Buy an outfit meant specifically for this day.  Create a special treat for the day.
  4. Do something you wouldn’t do on any other day.  If you are worried that this day will blend in and you want it to be special, do something to make it special.  Plan a Valentine’s dinner for yourself.  Create a book that would be meant just for Valentine’s day.  Do anything that you want to make it stand out.
  5. Believe in the magic of love.  Despite where you might be relationship-status wise or how you feel about the day, remember that there is magic in love.  There is magic in the love you feel toward your partner; but there is also magic in how you feel for you parents (and how they feel for you), your friends, your siblings, your mentors.  Love really is all around us and just because you aren’t in a relationship doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate it.

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?  Is it something you look forward to or something that you dread?  Do you think that these tips will help you enjoy Valentine’s Day more (regardless of whether you are in a relationship or not)?  Do you have any tips for me or my readers?

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