Here are some great ideas to try this Valentine's Day in order to mix it up. I know how hard it might seem that everyone is out having fun and in love with a partner but for many people it's not like that. So instead of focusing on what's not here how about creating a new experience that feels better. Not only will it be of service to others but you will create new neuro-pathways to love in your our experience. Putting your attention on what feels good for others or yourself helps prepare your garden for more love in all areas of life. Here is the article from Emily John over at the Huffington Post:
Taking the "random acts of kindness" concept and applying it with a Valentine's Day twist is not only a wonderful way to delight someone else, but in the act of giving, you will be blessed by the joy of service. Here are some suggestions of ways to give on Valentine's Day.
Shower a place with love Consider making a boatload of hearts and decorating a homeless shelter, a friend's house, a prison or a place that houses anyone who has been hurt. (Be sure to check on regulations for public spaces.)
Send valentines anonymously Even if they arrive late, consider sending valentines, love notes, poems or some inspiring quotes to soldiers serving, residents of nursing homes, children in hospitals, homebound members of your church or temple, or just carry around pre-written cards to give to people you interact with (a doorman, building custodians, cabdriver, grocery store clerk..)
Share Some Sweetness Many cities are seeing a surge in homeless populations and there are substantial needs for food, clothing, sanitary supplies and basic necessities, that must be addressed. In addition to donations (see below), on Valentine's Day I like to share some chocolate love. I buy a bag or two of individual chocolates and share with anyone who looks to be in need.
Express Your Gratitude Has a co-worker gone the extra mile with a project? Do you have a friend that's always there for you? Have you wanted to reconnect with a distant family member? Send a card, deliver a fancy cupcake, or just pick up the phone - reach out with some gratitude and affection. Bring treats to the lunchroom to share with everyone or buy flowers for the security guard who greets you every day. Give unexpectedly and unreservedly.
Donate - money, food, time, support While many food banks are well-supported during the holiday season, the winter months can be lean. Consider making a donation of funds or items to a local or international organization that is worthy of your support.
Anonymous Actions Shovel someone's driveway, put money in a parking meter, clean off a car parked near yours, pay the toll for the car behind you, buy an extra cup of coffee, buy a bouquet and give individual flowers to strangers on the street, or just hold the door for someone.
Love yourself Love yourself this Valentine's Day. Whatever your relationship status, take the time to honor, celebrate and cherish who you are. Spend time in quiet with your soul-self, or go out and party; do what is true for you and shower yourself with love and kindness so that you can share with the world from the overflow.
Know that you are love and love is always here.
Love K +C