No Boo? No Problem: 9 Non-Romantic Ways To Spread Love This Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day, V-Day, Doomsday, D-Day – the one time of year where singles across the world are reminded of just how single they are. Commercialism and society put so much pressure on people regarding this holiday. What many fail to address is that although Valentine’s Day is commonly associated with a romantic kind of love, it isn’t the only form of love. So, before you get all down on yourself for not having a significant other to spend the day with this year, start throwing yourself a pity party or even linking up with a random person all for the sake of not being alone, check out nine ways to spread love this Valentine’s Day that will not only leave you feeling fantastic, but will help someone else as well.
Volunteer at a local nursing home
There are elderly people who would totally enjoy your company. By volunteering your time at a local nursing home, you would be giving back, spreading love and feeling good about yourself all at the same time. Volunteering doesn’t have to mean cleaning bedpans or any other form of manual labor. It could be something as simple as lending a concerned ear or engaging in a friendly game of cards. There are a wide variety of services and activities that volunteers can offer to nursing home residents.
Set a lunch date with a college pal you’ve been meaning to link up with
You know that girlfriend who you always say you’re going to meet up with, but somehow it never actually happens? Why not give her a call and set up a lunch date? She will probably be thrilled to hear from you and it would be great to get in some good laughs and catch up on old times. Surrounding yourself with friends is a great way to spread love while also reminding yourself that you are loved.
Mentor a child or teen
There are plenty of children and teens who could use a positive role model in their lives. Think about how great it would make them feel to know that there is someone who cares about them enough to take personal time to speak, play or just hang with them. According to mentoring.org, the goal of a mentor is “to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths.” If that isn’t spreading love, what is?
Treat your mom (or dad) to something nice
If you’d really like to get technical, your parents were your first loves anyway. In many cases, they were the first people to show you love and the first people you loved back. Why not show those who have always been there for you how much you love and appreciate them?
Do a kind gesture for a person you know really needs it
Your brother’s car could really use a break job and you just happen to have some spare cash. Your sister and her husband recently had a baby, but could really use a night out. Why not help your brother pay for his car repairs or volunteer to keep your niece or nephew so that your sister and brother-in-law can enjoy some alone time? Random acts of kindness are great because they’re usually unexpected and highly appreciated. You’ll feel great about having helped someone else, especially folks you love.
Shower your children with some extra love and affection
We know you probably blanket your little muffins with tons of love 365 days out of the year, but why not pour it in on extra thick just because you can? Every Valentine’s Day, for as long as I can remember, my parents would have a special gift shipped to our house. Sure, I already knew they loved me, but it was always a sweet gesture that made me smile.
Have a girls night (out or in)
Quality time with the girls is always fun. Why should February 14 change that? There’s no denying that you love your girls and you enjoy their company.
Don’t walk by the homeless man (or woman) you see sleeping on the park bench
You know the homeless man that you always see in your neighborhood or on your way to work? You know, the one you always say you wish you could help out, but never get around to it? Granted, you can’t fix his problems, but it doesn’t mean you can’t offer a kind gesture. Why not drop off a plate of one your best home-cooked dishes or a clean set of warm blankets?
Shower love on yourself
While spreading all of this love around, don’t forget the most important person. You! There’s nothing wrong spoiling yourself a little. Possibly a trip to the spa, a new pair of shoes or even something as simple as that new book you’ve been meaning to get your hands on. No one can love you better than you can.