Make Valentine's Day Happy Again
Valentine's Day is surely a day for love, whether that's for your significant other holding flowers at your door, the box of chocolate hearts your mom set on your desk, or the bottle of wine waiting for you next to the bathtub. Nothing can ever be too gushy once it hits February 14th. But somehow this holiday, once celebrated with the excuse to love a little more has slowly become a day of melancholy and self-pity. Suddenly, #foreveralone starts trending all over social media, and sappy romantic movies are on Netflix's "watch-list" for you and your cats later that night. Suddenly, Valentine's Day isn't that happy anymore.
Somehow, the lonely woman in her mid-20s with a tangled and unsuccessful love-life, crying over her failed relationships, has become the center of attention on Valentine's Day. We seem to have forgotten that there is more to love than just a significant other or even yourself this Valentine's Day. Don’t get me wrong; Self-love is key! But so is selfless-love, once we realize the endless joys of expressing it. We were created with the drive and necessity to love on others. It's a part of who we are; it’s a part of our happy.
This doesn't mean you shouldn't overdose on chocolate or watch The Notebook for the 10th time today, because honestly I wouldn't mind joining you myself. But be sure to remember that Valentine's Day doesn't have to be a day to pout about your bad relationships of the past or the fact that Ryan Gosling doesn't even know who you are. Why not look around you, to your family and friends who all love you dearly, and give them all of your love and gratitude. That is what makes the heart happy.
So share your love with the world! Make this Valentine's Day an excuse to call your mom and tell her how much you love her, treat your friend to a morning coffee date, and share an extra big smile with a walker by. This holiday thrives due to the fact that we all love feeling loved, so go out there and love on each other, because that is what makes us happy—sharing love is what we were created for!
So make this Valentine's Day a Happy one! There are so many reasons to love today!
The Happiness Hunt