Feeling a bit blue on Valentine’s Day? Maybe these facts will cheer you up, says Eva Ritvo, MD. Over 53% of women in the US are single and almost 47% of men…and the numbers have been on the rise and have been for decades. More and more people are finding themselves being single due to continually declining rates of marriages, persistent high rates of divorce, and living longer.
So if you find yourself without a romantic partner on Valentine’s Day, don’t despair. Single people are more inclined to spend time with friends and volunteering with their community so can tap into a broader social network and celebrate love in a broader sense. Changing society structure requires changing the way we celebrate many holidays, so start with Valentine’s Day and find a way to make it work for you. Many are renaming the holiday Galentine’s Day or Palentine’s Day. Others are choosing to enjoy their parents, children or extended family. If you have been volunteering, see if they need an extra pair of hands for the holiday.
For those of you in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is an important holiday to step back and acknowledge your romantic partner. We are living in a time of so many distractions and we are inundated with negative news. If you are fortunate enough to be in a relationship, spend some time each day appreciating it and especially on Valentine’s Day. What is it that you love about your spouse or significant other? What makes them unique and special? Try to honor their unique qualities.
Think about spending quality time together for the holiday…and as often as possible. Make sure you connect physically and with kind words.
Surprise makes everything feel more special. When choosing a card or a gift, think about what would mean something personal to your partner. Demonstrating creativity in your choice for Valentine’s Day shows that you really care!
Most importantly…Bekindr to those you love and others around you. Give your loved ones the lasting gift of a book. Bekindr: The Transformative Power of Kindness is the gift that keeps giving.