Beyond Lovers: Valentine’s Day is about LOVE

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and flower shops, chocolate makers, and jewelers are kicking their sales force into high gear. Traditionally Valentine’s Day was for lovers and couples, but increasingly, after an effort to reframe the holiday and make it more inclusive, it has become a commemoration of love in all its forms.  Maybe this is the greeting card companies angling for more sales, but overall it’s still great to use the day to celebrate love in a more general sense.

How can non-lovers claim February 14? Here are some tips:

If someone annoys you, send them love

This is a fun one to do everyday, but if you’re new at it, start on Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to say anything out loud, but if someone annoys you, just give them a little burst of mental kindness and light.

If it’s someone you know and it’s appropriate, give him or her a hug. If it’s someone you *don’t* know and it still seems appropriate, go ahead and hug anyway!

Buy flowers and give them to your friends

Rebel against the system and make a typically lover-y thing into a friendly tradition!

Write snow messages.

Not everyone has snow to do this with on February 14, but if you do, have some fun with it. Plus, you have an opportunity to have a snowball fight right after!

Bake cookies and send them to friends with cute notes.

Who doesn’t love free cookies? Also, the note will make your friends appreciate you even more as you took the time and effort to write it. Hooray you for being sweet enough and brave enough to write your feelings down!

Have a Valentine’s Day family/friends dinner.

A Valentine’s Day dinner with your friends and family is a great way for your parents and siblings to get to know the other people in your life who are important. An even greater idea: make it an indoor picnic dinner and movie marathon.

Reach out to an old friend.

Is there someone you’ve lost touch with? Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to reach out and say hi. Call, email or even send an old-fashioned letter.

What are doing to celebrate February 14th and show the love? Please leave a comment below.


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