For those who are in relationships, romantic dates are a wonderful opportunity to show love and appreciation for your significant other. Chocolate and candles (and maybe some good wine) fill the atmosphere as the world takes time to celebrate all those who are in love. That leaves a question, however—what if you aren’t in a romantic relationship?
Many equate the thought of being single to being lonely. Watching couples in restaurants or walking down the street holding hands can be a reminder of what we may be missing at this stage in our lives. That doesn’t have to be the case, however. Being in a relationship doesn’t need to be a pre-requisite for celebrating life. Here are a few important things to keep in mind.
Being single is not the same as being alone. Just because you aren’t in a romantic relationship doesn’t mean that you have no one else in your life who loves you. Don’t focus on what’s missing. Celebrate the love around you by spending time with your family or friends. The love you have for them is different than romantic love, but it’s still forgiving, comforting and often unconditional.
Don’t forget to celebrate with – YOURSELF! Do things that make you happy – whether it’s curling up with a good book or treating yourself to some pampering. Go to the gym, start a new workout routine, or look up a new recipe! Remind yourself of your strengths and talents. You’ll find that you can make yourself happier than anyone else can if you really try to.
Don’t harbor resentment for those who are in love. Don’t focus on regret, past relationships and avoid bitter feelings towards people who are in love! Seeing all the love around you should make you feel hopeful, happy, and blessed. Appreciate the love you witness, for it shows just how amazing humanity can be. Look for signs of beauty, simplicity, inspiration and kindness.
Putting love out there will bring love in return. The universe is full of give and take. What you put out there is what you’ll get back. Perform acts of love, big or small. Look for ways you can give love to others. Tell a family member you love them. Send someone a thank you note. Spend some time at an animal shelter, a children’s hospital, or a retirement home and see the joy on the faces of those you’re showing love to. Be the love you wish to see in the world.
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