When I was in college, a friend’s generosity of spirit and expressions of love snapped me out of the “group-think” mentality suggesting that I had to have a significant other with whom to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Sometimes I had a boyfriend on February 14 and sometimes I didn’t during those college days, but thanks to my friend, I quickly learned that expressing love to friends and family is always meaningful and appreciated – on Valentine’s Day and every other day of the year.
Regardless of whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day – or any day – with a significant other, friends, family, or a pet hamster perhaps one, some, or all of the following “share the love” ideas will appeal to you.
Share the Love
2. Send a ball to someone you love. Seriously! What a fun, unexpected way to brighten someone’s day and put a real bounce in their step.
3. Bake something delicious for your neighbor, co-workers, or whomever. (Bonus points if you make chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookies or New York-style cheesecake.)
4. Have lunch with a close friend who you haven’t seen in awhile.
5. Call your grandmother, grandfather, or another relative who may not receive many social calls and visits.
7. Invite friends to your home for a themed dinner. Your theme could range from a clam bake to a country hoe-down to a Mexican fiesta. You take care of the main course, side dishes, decorations, and your costume. Invite your guests to dress in theme-appropriate costumes and bring desserts or beverages.
8. Share the love with your alma mater and favorite non-profit organizations by making your gifts now. They’ll be glad you did.
9. Make a point of doing something special for someone else every day. Let your intuition be your guide.
10. Each day, share a smile, laughter, or kind words with every person you encounter. You’ll be amazed at how sharing the love in this simple, sincere manner will envelope you ten-fold.
* Photo by Ingrid Perlstrom