Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year and what better way to enjoy it than sharing love with those around you. Albeit, the holiday boasts romantic sentiments for couples but who says you can’t dedicate the day to simply exuding love and compassion to everyone or everything around you?
Here are some untraditional ways to spend this Valentine’s Day.
Volunteer your time.
Whether it’s at a homeless shelter, serving up lunch or dinner plates at a soup kitchen, nursing home or at an animal shelter volunteers are always needed. Drop into a local nonprofit and lend a hand and a warm smile. Not only will those being helped that day appreciate it but the full-time staff as well.
If you’re not able to volunteer your time, thank those who do. Send a “thank you” valentine or flowers to a local shelter or fire department. Get creative and make a Valentine’s Day donation in lieu of volunteer time and express your gratitude that way.
Be a friend.
Valentine’s Day isn’t dubbed “Singles Awareness Day” for nothing. There might be a few people going through hardships and experiencing a heavier heart than usual this time of year. Reach out and propose an outing or at the very least let them know they are on your mind. When is the last time you visited with your grandparents? Give them a call, help them run an errand or just have a sweet visit. Einstein said, “The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.” He was a smart guy.
Take some time to bring that love back to yourself. Go for a run, a hike or take a yoga class. Spreading any kind of love starts with you so treat your body to a good workout and get those endorphins on the rise.
If you’re preparing baked goods, treat bags or valentines for the office, your son’s and/or daughter’s classmates or your friends – make extra. Have them on hand and give them to strangers throughout the day. Although you might feel crazy, the smallest of acts such as these can bring the biggest smile to their faces.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about sharing love to one person. Everyone deserves to feel special so give back in any way you can. At the end of the day you’ll be surprised on how much cheer you really gained.