What we love most about Valentine’s Day isn’t the candy, the flowers or the one-on-one time with a significant other: It’s the opportunity to spread the love. Consider thinking outside the box and sharing the good that’s in your heart with others.
Pick an Unlikely Valentine
If your friend or family member is going through challenges in life, feeling lonely or needs a pick-me-up, consider choosing this person as your Valentine. If you know a few of his or her favorite things to do, plan a special day for the two of you. Take your friend out to lunch, send flowers, plan a spa day, go for a hike or simply spend time chatting together.
Remind People Why They’re Special
Send Valentines to people you care about. Buy fun Valentine’s Day cards from the store, but if you have some extra time, try making your own. Your loved ones will appreciate the time and effort you took to send them a special something. It’s the thought that counts, right?
Donate to a Cause
It’s said that generosity helps lower stress levels and keeps the “cycle of good going.” Rather than spending money on flowers and gifts for your significant other, you two could try something new and donate to your favorite cause instead.
Pamper Your Pet
Your furry friend does so much for you. Take Fido on a long walk or buy him an extra toy. If you have a feline friend with a friendly disposition, consider inviting a friend or family member who needs some pet TLC over to spend time with your pet. Both parties win!
Practice Random Acts of Kindness
It’s the little things that often make the biggest difference. Throughout the day, observe the people around you to see where you could offer support. If you’re visiting your local coffee shop, pay for a stranger’s coffee. Buy the homeless person you see while walking to work a sandwich. Take time to listen to the chatty cashier’s story. Pay people random compliments to people around you boost their spirit. Spend time caring.
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