How To Be A Less Cynical And More Positive Single Person On Valentine’s Day

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It’s that time of the year again when people are shelling out money for flowers, chocolates, cheesy greeting cards, expensive gifts, and fancy dinners. It’s also that time of year when the majority of single people in the world get cranky, annoyed, upset, and/or angry. This set of emotions tends to happen because they either wish they had someone to share Valentine’s Day with, they’re jealous of the couples who are celebrating, they hate the whole idea of Valentine’s Day, or a combination of two or more of these things.

What makes single people act so cynical toward Valentine’s Day? Sure, many would say that it’s a manufactured holiday that just gives Hallmark and other companies a jump up in revenue, but it’s also a day that is special to some people. There are many different things you can do to be a happier single person on Valentine’s Day.

If you are one of those people who are so focused on Valentine’s Day and you wish you had someone to spend the holiday with, there are plenty of things you can do to distract yourself. You can spend that time hanging out with your other single friends, and do something fun and exciting. If you are in a situation where you’ll be alone on Valentine’s Day, don’t be afraid! You can be your own Valentine! As lame as this sounds, it’s actually nice to treat yourself to anything you want. Go out and buy yourself chocolates and nice wine. Put in some comedic DVDs (not romantic ones that will make you cry!) and laugh as loud as you want. Spending Valentine’s Day without a special someone does not have to be as pathetic as you make it out to be. Treat yoself!

If you’re someone who easily gets jealous of all the posts on Facebook that people share about what their significant other got them/did for them on Valentine’s Day, I have one simple solution: STOP LOOKING. Force yourself to stay off all social media for that whole day, and distract yourself with better things. If you don’t want to see all the lovey-dovey couples out on Valentine’s Day, then go buy yourself something nice and have a fun night in to yourself, or with friends. Stop inserting yourself into situations that will make you feel worse about being single!

If you’re the ultimate Valentine’s Day cynic who despises this holiday and trashes it along with whoever celebrates it, you need to stop. Just because you think the holiday is stupid, doesn’t mean that people who celebrate it are stupid. Some people look forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day, and you shouldn’t let that bother you and your opinions. Let people do what they want, because everyone has different views on this day. Don’t put anyone down for the way they celebrate. You do you, they’ll do them, and that’s how it’s supposed to be!

All in all, you have to understand that it’s perfectly okay to be single. Whether you treat Valentine’s Day as just another day, or if you acknowledge it as a holiday, you’re the same person on February 14th as you are on any other day. Valentine’s Day isn’t meant for kicking single people to the curb while the happy couples rejoice. It’s a day where you should appreciate everyone in your life, regardless of your relationship status. You’ll feel a whole lot better if you don’t let Valentine’s Day affect you in a negative way.

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How to NOT Be Sad on Valentine’s Day (a random rant of positivity and anti-angst)

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Stop all your negative energy on Valentine’s Day!

Now, there are four types of people on Valentine’s Day:

1.    The person who has a significant other who is giddy and joyful about the day of love.

2.    The person who has a significant other who doesn’t give two shits about the holiday and thinks it’s just another day/maybe doesn’t even like Valentine’s Day.

3.    The person who is single and is excited to have fun with friends on Valentine’s Day.

4.    The person who is single and is 500% against Valentine’s Day and shreds all of his or her hatred on the rest of humanity.

Now, I bet all of you fit one of these 4 categories, and if not, well, you’re either an alien, or just a type of person I have never ever encountered in my life.

But if you’re single like me, sometimes it could indeed be difficult to let Valentine’s Day pass by without having a single negative thought cross your mind. That is perfectly normal, and perfectly okay, but don’t let it define your whole system of thoughts. Yes, maybe Valentine’s Day really is just an excuse for couples to shovel out all their money on expensive chocolates and flowers and those cheesy greeting cards created by people who enjoy manufactured love. But, if you approach the day in a different way, you might just feel better about yourself.

Here’s how I like to look at Valentine’s Day: I like to think about all the people in my life who I love and care about, and think about how truly grateful I am to have them. When you think about who has left your life and who has stayed, you understand the impact that those permanent people have had on you. Throw away all the stereotypical feelings you should have on Valentine’s Day (even if you have a significant other), and spread the love to everyone in your life.

“Well, can’t you just think about that stuff any day you want?” you ask. Yes, and I encourage it, but there’s something about Valentine’s Day that pisses me off….it’s the way people act when they clearly wish this “holiday” never existed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know how you feel. I’ve been single on Valentine’s Day, and I’ve also not been single on Valentine’s Day. But one way or the other, stop being so angsty…seriously, we are no longer those teenagers who think that their life sucks and that love sucks and that the world sucks etc. etc. You can treat it like another day if you want, but if you do that, don’t feel the need to gag at every lovey dovey couple that you see around town (or at those typical pictures on Facebook of flowers, giant stuffed bears, etc.). Let people celebrate Valentine’s Day they want to celebrate it and don’t judge!

So all my single ladies (and even the single guys out there), don’t worry if you don’t have a “Valentine”. Don’t worry if you have nothing to do on Valentine’s Day. Don’t worry if you feel completely lonely on Valentine’s Day. Why? Because for those 24 hours you are the same person you have been, and this holiday shouldn’t define your overall attitude about life. So go stuff your face with chocolate, watch a funny movie, do whatever you want, but just don’t wallow in your own self pity! Rant over.