For single people the most difficult time of year occurs around mid-February, when friends, family and coworkers ask the dreaded question, “What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?” While certain individuals lie to simply avoid social pressure, others answer with a vague “Nothing special”, or, “I’m not sure yet”, which almost inevitably prompts the inquirer’s pity or even worse, a series of follow up questions. If you find yourself in this situation this year, why not try a different approach to the holiday? Rather than think of February 14th as a date centered round couples, overpriced dinners, and corny heart shaped boxes of chocolate, try to do something more original, and you could even be having more fun than anyone else if you’re single! Make it a day about you, or you and your closest friends based on the ideas below. Valentine’s Day, at its core, is about love and friendship, and even if you don’t have a romantic interest to spend it with at least take advantage of a great excuse to have fun.
Other alternative Valentine’s Day ideas include volunteering at an orphanage or a women’s shelter, organizing a potluck and film festival at your house, attending a concert, or gathering your closest gal-pals for a heart pumping workout at the gym in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a day you loathe if you redefine it with you and those you appreciate in mind.