1) Put things in perspective, what does Valentine’s Day mean to you?
a. V-Day doesn’t have to be what retail says it should. Perception can be reality.
2) If you are single: pity parties are so last year, so snap out of it. It’s time to appreciate what you do have!
a. Being single on V-day does not mean being single forever
b. Reframe the situation, make a list of pro’s and cons of being single (Mardi-gras is right around the corner) and plan a fun night with friends
c. Research shows that when we do something nice for others we experience a boost in happiness and life satisfaction, so even if you do not have a romantic partner yourself, you can help another couple to celebrate their special day, or even celebrate close friendships.
3) If in a relationship, keep in mind what Valentine’s Day is not:
a. It is not a day to test your partner’s mind reading abilities; nobody has this ability even when they may seem to. If you have something you are expecting, communicate it.
b. Remember the three R’s: reconnect, reflect and romance with your partner. So as with all things in life, one must have reasonable expectations!