Happy Valentine's DayI used to get really bummed when I was single on Valentine’s Day.  It seemed that everywhere I turned I was punched in the face with special Valentine’s Day chocolates and fancy restaurant specials.  But, then I realized that Valentine’s Day can be whatever we want it to be and that love comes in many forms. It is not just romantic.

Eventually, I decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day by being grateful for the love that already IS in my life. I have always had a tremendous amount of love for my friends, family, animals and community and I decided to spend Valentine’s Day being grateful for all of that. This Valentine’s Day I’ll be celebrating my love for my husband and ALSO my love for my friends, family, animals and community. In fact, I’m sending love your way right now!

Here are some ways you can spend this Sunday celebrating the love in your life:

  • skype with a relative who would love to hear from you
  • have brunch with a group of friends who always make you smile
  • invite a friend over to binge-watch your favorite movies and/or TV shows
  • challenge yourself to learn how to cook your favorite restaurant dish and then prepare it for someone you love
  • sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast while listening to your favorite music, take a warm bath, and spend the rest of the day on the couch snuggling up with your favorite animals
  • volunteer to help those less fortunate than you

Almost half the population is single so if you’re single on Valentine’s Day you’re in great company. To quote my girl Carrie Bradshaw, “being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.” In the comments section below, let us know how YOU plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day 2016 :-).