What to do without a boo

How to enjoy Valentine’s Day if you’re single


Bri Branscomb

Valentine’s Day is the day of love, but not everyone has a romantic relationship to celebrate. In lieu of the traditional date, you could do things like spend time with your friends or volunteer in your community.

by Bri Branscomb, Staff Writer

Love is in the air this month, but it might not necessarily be in everybody’s lives. If you find that you’re not going to have a sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, don’t worry! There are still plenty of ways that you can enjoy Cupid’s holiday without being in a relationship.

1.Celebrate ‘Pal’entstine Day 

Valentine’s day is about celebrating love, and all the different ways that it can be expressed. While you may not necessarily have a significant other to shower with roses and chocolates, you can still show your affection for the other important people in your life: your friends. Going out, or staying in, with a group of your pals could be just as fun as having a romantic date, especially if you’re gathering to show how much you care about each other.

2. Show some self-love

Spending some time by yourself could be a great way to spend this February 14th. Self-love is incredibly important and something that should be a part of your daily routine, so what better time to start this habit than the day of love itself? Whether you choose to go about it by watching a movie and eating your favorite foods, or taking the time to write a list of the things you admire most about yourself, this Valentine’s Day can be the perfect opportunity to treat yourself.

3. Spend some time with your pets

Your furry-or otherwise-friends deserve just as much love on Valentine’s Day. Your pets can actually make you happier and healthier, so why not pay them back some of that kindness? You could take your dog to the park, get your cat their favorite snacks, or simply hang out with your turtle. Whatever way you choose to celebrate them, spending quality time with your pets is a great alternative to the traditional date.

4. Volunteer

Lending a helping hand is always a great thing, but if you find yourself without plans on the day of love, you can certainly show the world some. There are many ways you can give back to your community, some of them being playing music for hospice patients, or offering your babysitting service to a couple that you know needs a break. Showing your support for those around you is showing your compassion, and that is an excellent way to advocate for love.

5. Show that you’re thankful 

You don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to show your appreciation for those in your life. Kind gestures could make somebody’s day, and truly communicate your affection for that person. Cleaning the house so your parents don’t have to, making your sibling their favorite food, or just making a card for a great friend are simple things you can do to show how much you love those that are near and dear to your heart.