Chocolates, roses, candied hearts… What is it about Valentine’s Day that makes some of us feel lonely? Are we romance-intolerant, or is it something else?
Valentine’s Day all comes down to expectations. If we don’t receive a grand display of affection we are disappointed. We can’t help but compare ourselves, our situations, and sometimes even the gifts we receive to others. But in doing so, we are completely missing the true essence of Valentine’s Day.
If you ask me, we are doing ourselves a disservice by being disappointed or cynical about Valentine’s Day. Whether you are in a romantic relationship or not, you can (and should!) use this day to celebrate the ordinary, extraordinary love that is all around you every day.
Simply put, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to express love to those that are dear to you. Husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends are obvious romantic choices, but what about the other people in your life that you love? What about moms, dads, siblings, old friends, new friends, and coworkers? How do you show these essential people how much they mean to you on Valentine’s Day?
When it comes to showing love, the most important thing is to be authentic. Try writing a loved one a card, giving them a box of chocolates, or just calling to tell them how much they mean to you.
After all, what have you got to lose by expressing your love? Nothing. By expressing your love and gratitude to others, you will accept these things in return – and what’s a better gift than that?