Stop Being a Valentine’s Day Scrooge

Here it is guys, my cliche Valentine’s Day post – every good lifestyle blog has to have one, right? As with every year, I’m no stranger to the majority of my Facebook friends kiboshing the sugar-and-spice-and-everything-nice holiday, but if that’s you, stop it right now.

Maybe I’m biased because of my relationship status, but I’ve had more than my share of single-status Valentine’s Days; so wipe your tears, they’re not that bad.Valentine’s Day is about love (don’t you dare roll your eyes at that obvious statement), but unless you’re some dark soul and your heart is literally black, you must have some love in your life. Your family, your friends, your dog, your SELF, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the love in your life.. and no one ever said that had to come in the form of a significant other. There’s more than enough articles out there chock-full of ways to celebrate Valentine’s with your friends, or even on your own  (check out some great ideas at Her Campus), so take the opportunity to treat yourself to a day of fun and relaxation – whatever that might mean to you.

I think we’re often so caught up in the television, magazine, and social media representations of this holiday that we feel like we must do what the media tells us we should be doing – I mean what’s a holiday without an Instagrammable moment? But the way I see it, you can either join the forces of the overly-vocal-on-Facebook-Valentine’s scrooges, or you can embrace the holiday as an opportunity to do what you love. No one is going to judge you for being happy, but how do you feel when you see one of your connections post a paragraph-long rant that just screams negativity? So, who do you want to be?

It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is a commercial construction – so it’s no use trying to use that as an argument. You are fully in control of your own happiness, and if you let a silly holiday get you down, you’re only hurting yourself. So take advantage of all of the yummy treats, the glitter, the excuse to go out for dinner, and the reason to do something special for whoever you love (buying that pair of boots you’ve been eyeing all winter is both acceptable and encouraged). And don’t even think about posting that sad excuse for a Facebook status.

And because I love all of you, my readers, here’s to wishing you the happiest Valentine’s Day!

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