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How to Spend Valentine's Day Alone (and still enjoy yourself)

January 31st, 2013 Seasonal

For people who are blissful in their relationships, Valentine's Day is the most romantic occasion that happens during Earth's 12-month spin around the sun. For those who have yet to find that special "someone" - or, at least, a "someone" - it can be one of the most depressing days of the year. But it doesn't have to be. There are plenty of strategies a single person could employ to live it up on the Feast of Saint Valentine.

Be your own valentine
Just because the right other person hasn't yet recognized how special you are doesn't mean you should forget it. So consider taking the occasion to celebrate yourself. Take yourself out to a movie or a fancy dinner. Get yourself a box of chocolates, or whatever present you want. Think of it this way - instead of having to worry about making the day memorable and enjoyable for a significant other, you'll be able to focus all of your attention and affection on you. This might be an opportunity to indulge one of your least romantic but most enjoyable hobbies. For example, fans of zombie movies could consider planning a zombie movie marathon for themselves.

Go out
It's possible that, if you're bummed out about being alone on Valentine's Day, your knee-jerk instinct is to curl up at home and feel sorry for yourself. That's understandable, but you should keep in mind that many bars and other nightlife institutions have "anti-Valentine's Day" events specifically tailored for people who'd prefer to be in the company of other singles. You're far from the only person in the world without anyone to spend Valentine's Day with. Even if you don't end up meeting anyone you'd consider dating, you might at least make some new friends, or use one of these events as an excuse to hang out with any friends of yours who don't already have Valentine's Day plans.