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Take That, Cupid 12 things to do if you’re single on Valentine’s Day

how to spend Valentine's Day when you're single

Take That, Cupid 12 things to do if you’re single on Valentine’s Day

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It’s the oldest story in the world: It’s Valentine’s Day, and you don’t have a date. Whether you’d really (really, really) rather be in a couple, or think the holiday is silly, there are countless, creative opportunities to have a good time on February 14. Here are 11 of the best bets.

1. Create your own singles mixer. If you’re not dating anyone and neither are your friends, create your own speed-dating event. Everyone must bring an eligible guest with them to make things interesting. Prepare drinks and food and have some fun.dog wearing Valentine's Day clothing

2. Hang out with other animal lovers. If your dog is your baby, plan a Valentine’s Day for pooch owners in your neighborhood. Gather at the local dog park, bring some treats for pets and their owners, and encourage everyone to dress up their pups for the holiday. Cutest little lover wins.

3. Get your sexy on. To start, buy a pretty pair of underwear and get a mini makeover at the cosmetics counter of your favorite department store. Later, take a long bubble bath with that super-expensive Champagne you’ve been saving, and see where the night takes you.

4. Celebrate with kids. Whether you want to give their parents a night out, or you’re looking to create a tradition with your own brood, consider cooking an elegant dinner together (complete with fancy stemware, cloth napkins and everyone’s best manners). Create handmade valentines for loved ones and classmates (find hundreds of adorable ideas on this Pinterest page), host a party with other families or volunteer together.

5. Rosé. Renée Zellweger. Colin Firth. You. Couch. Raccoon eyes. Look, everyone has their moments, and robbing ourselves of the entire spectrum of human emotion does nothing but keep us stuck in life. woman crying on couchDo you yearn for a partner? Romance and companionship? Sometimes it is best indulge those feelings. Do not distract them with parties and self-treating. Grieve and revel in it however you know how.

6. Volunteer with lonely people. The elderly, homebound and other socially isolated people often do not have many opportunities to connect with others. Remedy your own feelings of loneliness while helping someone else. Create The Good has some great tips on how to volunteer with seniors—whether offering to run errands for an older person in your neighborhood or being formally assigned to a program to provide companionship to someone in a nursing facility.

7. Call, email, text or send cards to everyone you love. If you’re lonely, you may be surprised by how long this list actually is. Perspective is your BFF, especially when you feel isolated. TinyPrints and its sister site Shutterfly both offer gorgeous customizable photo cards. Or check out quirky free digital ecards at HipsterCards, or customizable, emailable video cards at RattleBox.

8. Work on not being single. If you’d rather be in a relationship or dating, but find yourself stuck in old habits, designate some time this holiday to work toward that goal. Create or revamp your online dating profile. Agree, finally, to that blind date. Or ask your friends (or therapist, sister or ex) for some tough love and insight into why you’re not coupled.

9. Remember the money you’re saving (then actually save it). Dating is expensive. Artisanal whiskey, date clothes, hair, makeup, waxing, cabs and babysitters do not come cheap. Estimate how much you would be spending this evening and then make a deposit for that sum into your brokerage or savings account.

10. Make it business as usual. If you’re feeling all sanctimonious about the over-commercialization of romantic love, just skip it. woman savoring her coffeeGo to work, drink your coffee, be nice to other people, pay your bills and call it a day. Nothin’ wrong with that!

11. Practice self-love. What can you do today that makes you feel genuinely better about yourself? A rigorous workout at the gym? A massage, meditation, afternoon reading your favorite author or long dinner with your best friend? Plan for that thing, and pay attention to how wonderful it makes you feel—not just in the moment but in the hours and days following.

 

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