Being single is great 364 days out of the year...but what about that one ugly day in February?

February 14th is the day that couples take the time to express their love for each other. But, what if you are solo on Valentines Day? How can you avoid the self-pity party and have a great day...

Reader's Digest had some tips on how to handle the "Day O Love" when you are living the single life.

Learn to love something new

Valentine’s Day is about expressing your love for your significant other with lavish gifts and treats. Boycott Valentine’s Day this year by learning to love something new. Try out that yoga class you’ve been meaning to go to for the last couple of months, or pick up a new hobby such as drawing or writing.


There is no better way to make yourself feel good and appreciated than giving your time to others. Instead of sitting in a crowded restaurant filled with couples gazing into each other's eyes, volunteer at a local food pantry or animal shelter.

Read your favorite book

Reading is the perfect single activity. Boycott Valentine’s Day this year by crawling into bed and cracking open a good book.

Treat yourself

It can be hard to watch everyone else besides you get spoiled on Valentine’s Day. But who needs a Valentine to go on a shopping spree? That's right; Take this opportunity to treat yourself to a spa day or buy yourself a new pair of shoes. If you plan ahead, you could even have a package delivered to yourself on the 14th so you can have something waiting for your when you come home from work.

Visit or call your loved ones

Let your family and close friends know that they are loved.

And if everything else fails, buy yourself some flowers and snuggle up in cozy pajamas. A nice night at home is the perfect way to spend Valentines Day with the one you love the most, YOU.

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