This time of year has always been special to me- whether I was a twitter-pated teen, a lonely “Single-Awareness-Day” celebrator, or deeply in love, Valentine’s Day has always called to me. In the years of early adulthood, it finally occurred to me that it need not be a time to mourn the freedom of being single or be a day of pressure for men. I realized, that like childhood when I spent hours creating the most beautiful box and valentines to take to school, it can be a celebration of creativity and sharing kind feelings for anyone in your life (self-included). So whether you are 15 or 55, single or partnered, here are some ideas to get your creativity going to enjoy a day of love.
Bake and Share Cookies
Have you been meaning to meet your neighbors and haven’t found the right ice-breaker? Or maybe you have a couple of kids you know would love to be reminded how sweet they are. Give a plate of treats to someone and just let them know you are thinking of them or want to be their friend.
Write a Note of Appreciation
When was the last time you emailed your sister just to tell how awesome she is? Have you recently told your dad how you appreciate something special he did with you growing up? Take 5 minutes to send a card, email, or even hand-written letter to someone who has touched your life.
Walk Your Dog
This may sound like an odd one. However, speaking from experience, for those of us pooch-loving pet owners who sometimes get so busy that by mid-week that we short-change our furry friends with extra short outdoor visits, especially in the middle of winter, this can be great. Give your pet an extra-long walk to show him or her some love, while gifting yourself with some exercise, fresh air, and if you get out while the sun is still up, a healthy dose of immune-boosting Vitamin D.
Take Someone a Meal or a Cup of Tea
Do you know anyone who is sick, has a new baby, or is going through a really stressful time at work? Make an extra portion, grab an extra coffee when you order one, or hand the homeless person on the corner a $5 gift card to a nearby cafe.
Heart Attack Someone (the paper kind)
I remember going out with friends on a few occasions to cut out paper hearts, then tape them all over someone’s door with little notes of how the person was appreciated and loved. Years later, while leaving for work one day, I saw a beautiful display of hearts attached to skewers that sprawled the lawn of my apartment complex. I was shocked and touched when I curiously went to see who they were for and found my name written on one of the hearts. Trust me, this one is both fun to create and touching to receive.
There are so many ways to experience and express love. It may, but doesn’t necessarily need to be romantic. Just showing love for humanity can be simple AND make someone’s day. So go ahead and fill someone’s heart with joy -you may notice that a certain “someone” will end up including you!