Okay, so let’s talk about Valentine’s Day.
Personally, I’m a romantic at heart (pun intended), so Valentine’s Day has always made me feel all gooey inside. I love the red and white decorations, the chocolate, the roses, and the image of Cupid stretching back to release his arrow.
That said, I do understand a person’s unmet expectations, a single person’s loneliness, or some people’s feeling of pressure or obligation around the holiday. In the publication, The Atlantic, statistics from a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation of 6400 people found a 6% drop from last year of those who will be participating in Valentine’s Day this year. The reasons for the decrease ranged from feeling overwhelmed from the November and December holidays to disgust that the emotion of love could be so monetized.
Wherever you fall on the spectrum between loving or hating Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to use the holiday to, if nothing else, be nicer to the one you love. Whether that means an extra hug, a kinder word, or a thoughtful gesture, do a little SOMETHING extra to let your mate know he or she matters to you. And if I were married to you … chocolate wouldn’t hurt!
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