Well, friends, once again we have reached that special day of the year that we’re either really jazzed about, dreading, or have simply just completely forgotten until reading this post.
Valentine’s Day is a magical day if, like me, you enjoy the color pink and the sudden abundance of cupcakes and candy. Even on the Valentine’s Days of years past when I have had a significant other, my one true love has been, and always will be, copious amounts of sugar.
On Valentine’s Day, the world is divided into two types of people.
There are the single people and the non-single people (and then of course there’s the undefined relationships, which on Valentine’s Day suddenly feels like a very, very confusing time).
Valentine’s Day can be stressful for both types of people, whether you are agonizing over what to buy your sweetheart or what show to pick on Netflix as you sit alone in your pajamas.
Whatever camp you find yourself in this Valentine’s Day, here are 10 ways to make the 24 hours of love a little more awesome:
Call your parents.
Hey, your parents put up with you for a lot of years. They bought you clothes, made sure you didn’t only eat candy for breakfast (despite your best wishes), and kept you company while you were sick (and probably experienced way more vomiting than they actually wanted to). If that’s not true love, I don’t know what is.
Leave a valentine for your next door neighbor.
You don’t even have to sign it! Can you imagine how much it would make your day to find an encouraging note on your door step?
Compliment your server.
Whether you stop by a coffee shop or go out for a romantic dinner, point out something awesome about the person serving you.
Make a donation to a local organization.
Show some love to the animal shelter, YWCA, or an organization that holds a lot of meaning for you.
Pick up litter.
If you’re out and about and see some trash where it shouldn’t be, throw it away! The planet deserves some affection, too.
Make a gratitude list to God.
Gratitude is one of the most beautiful and life-giving forms of worship. When we take a moment to stop and really say thank you for the beauty in our life and what God is doing, we honor the way He loves us.
Make a Love Myself list, to yourself.
Sometimes we get so caught up in everything we think we could be doing better, that we forget to be in awe of just how awesome we are! Make a list of things you love about yourself – traits, dreams, physical aspects, etc.
Text a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.
Let them know you’re thinking about them, and be sure to include a unicorn emoji.
Leave an encouraging comment on someone’s Instagram photo.
A little affirmation is way better than a simple “like.”
Show your health some love.
Go for a quick walk, breathe deeply in and out, or rest your eyes by not looking at your screen for a while. Good health is an amazing gift that is easy to take for granted – enjoy the freedom your well-functioning body provides you every day.
SHARE this post with a friend this Valentine’s Day – and tell them they rock while you’re at it.