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Don't Boycott Love: Be Your Own Valentine

Updated on February 13, 2013
Shower yourself with love, even if you're single!
Shower yourself with love, even if you're single! | Source

If you're single during Valentine's Day, focus on the love in your heart.

With that one day in the year when couples are celebrating Cupid's arrow (or still feeling the bite of it's power), it's a challenge for people who are single to avoid moping around. How can it be avoided when the media is splashed with cheesy advertising bent on turning profits for you to "show your love."

It doesn't have to be about gifts. And it certainly doesn't take two people.

If you're one of those people who has been happily single all year round, Valentine's Day will be no different. You still have love in your heart, only there's no one (presently) to share it with. In many ways, you have several people to share it with: family, friends, mostly yourself!

If it's any consolation, did you know that the day after Valentine's Day is the most popular day for new membership on Ashley Madison (the website which advertises, "Life is short-- have an affair!")? If you don't have a significant other, you know for sure no one is out there cheating on you!

Before you get desperate and start drunk-texting exes or gorge on Ben and Jerry's, here are a few more facts about Valentine's Day you may not have known about:

  • According to Zagat's, 59% of people prefer to dine out on any other day besides Valentine's Day. You get much better deals on days other than the holiday.
  • Teachers get the most Valentine's Day cards. Who said teachers don't get paid enough?
  • After Christmas, Valentine's Day is the biggest seller of greeting cards. Those commercials sure do pay off!
  • It's estimated that some nine million people buy gifts for their pets. Hey, gotta love your animals, too!
  • Condom sales go up by 20 percent around Valentine's Day. Some people are feeling "lucky" it seems.
  • Ten percent of women send themselves flowers. Like I said: you can always love yourself!

Valentine's Day isn't nearly as lonely as some singles might think. In fact, it's been noted as one of the most stressful holidays by people in relationships. Blame the media and the pressure they put on the event!

Don't sweat the small stuff and remember to be good to yourself. Invite yourself out for dinner or stay in with a movie and glass of wine. Love is in your heart-- regardless of having it to share with someone.

If you're lucky, Cupid's arrow is already taking aim on you right now.

What bothers you most about Valentine's Day?

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      Sheila Varga Szabo 5 years ago from Southern California

      What great points! There's a difference between lonesome and lonely. You can be alone but still have the love of many people around you (lonely is when you have no one). I'm so joyful to know there are caring people in this world-- thanks for sharing that, truthfornow.

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Nice ways to spend Valentine's Day. At work, we are having a party for older people who might have lost their spouses, friends, be divorced, have kids who moved away and everyone else too as a friendship thing. Just because you are alone doesn't mean you have to be alone ~ we can celebrate friendship on that day.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      That is a nice way to spend Valentine's Day. Dark chocolate is awesome. I have a heart-shaped box of Russell Stover in front of me. there are only 2 left. lol.

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      Sheila Varga Szabo 5 years ago from Southern California

      I agree, lovedoctor. My kiddos have been my Valentines for the last three years-- and I'm really good at loving them to pieces! Chocolate for everyone always hits the spot, too.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Interesting findings about Valentine's Day. For me, it's just like any other day, but I still enjoy a nice take out meal from the cheesecake factory and toast with a glass of red wine.