Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day: Not just for couples

Valentine's Day is a good time to think about what it means to love yourself. What, you say, love myself? Isn't that selfish and narcissistic?

No, actually, it isn't. In fact, you cannot love others fully if you do not first love yourself. When you love yourself, your heart is so much more compassionate, open and generous-hearted toward everyone else. Think about it.

I've lived on my own for well over two decades. So I've spent many a Valentine's Day without being partnered up. If you find yourself on your own this Valentine's Day, here are some suggestions so you don't have to spend it having a Pity Party:

• Buy yourself a bunch of your favorite flowers, set out your nicest dishes and cook your favorite meal—or better yet, get your favorite take-out and eat it on your china. Oh, and don't forget the candles. Play your favorite CD while you're at it.
• Watch a movie you've long wanted to see. Enjoy your favorite snack with it.
• Create Valentine's Day baskets for people in your life who are experiencing a rough time of it right now. See how great that makes you feel.
• Pay for someone else's coffee at Starbuck's today and enjoy the smile you're putting on someone else's face.
• Get together with other singles and plan a fun evening.
• Journal about all the positives in your single life. Rejoice in its freedom.
• Write yourself a love note and list all the wonderful assets you've been given.

There's no reason this day that seems just for lovers needs to exclude anyone. Claim it and make it into a special day in your own unique way!

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