Whether you're single or not this Valentine’s Day, attitudes of romantic fulfillment are likely to infiltrate your awareness. From movies to commercials to drug store candies, the message is clearly one of a fantastical notion that romance and love is the key to happiness in life.
It’s also likely that the holiday, associated with romantic love, will bring up a number of unexpected emotions. For some, it might bring up feelings about a past relationship, or grief over lost loved ones. For others, it might be a stinging reminder of their current unhappy relationship situation, or lack of relationship status. Still, for some it might be an opportunity to celebrate a happy relationship, renew a commitment, or celebrate your joyful single status.
But, when it comes to Valentine's Day, the reality is that while relationships can play a role in your happiness when you invest the time and effort to sustain healthy communication and passion, it is not the only factor. Financial, spiritual, familial, professional, and social fulfillment also plays a role when it comes to happiness in life.
So, whether you're paired up, single, or celebrating Valentine’s Day with friends, remember that partnership is just one part of the equation and that there are a number of ways to invest in your happiness. Can't think of any? We at Willamette Valley Counseling suggest you try out one of these ideas:
1. Be Peaceful. You can meditate, do some yoga or take a walk in the park. Tuning out the commercialism and tuning into yourself may be just what you need to feel connected.
2. Relax. We can all use a day of slowing down. Get a massage, a facial, a pedicure, or test out acupuncture. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to treat yourself with kindness.
4. Hang out with family. We all want to be loved in our own way. Supportive family members can tell us the special things that make us feel loved as well as give us an opportunity to express our gratitude to them in return.
5. Be social. Odds are some of your colleagues and friends aren’t taken or choose not to celebrate the commercial holiday. Plan a get-together over the weekend with who's available and enjoy the opportunity to expand your friendships.
6. Express Gratitude. Do you have a great job, great pet, great apartment, great friends? Take a moment and tally up what's going well in your life and take a moment to appreciate it.
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