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How To Treat Valentine's Day Like It's Just Any Other Day

Forget all of the clichés, bouquets of roses, endless chocolate fountains and diamonds. Valentine’s Day should be nothing more than a day to celebrate with the ones we love, whether that’s a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, father or grandparent.

It’s easy to get hooked and obsess over chick flicks that make you believe that happiness stems from finding someone who will sweep you off your feet. Of course, falling in love is a beautiful thing, but if you aren’t in love, don’t sweat it. Check out these few ways to spend your Valentine’s Day like any other:

Eat.

Go to your favorite restaurant with a few friends, have a glass of wine (or several) and dessert. Make it a girls' or guys' night out and enjoy each other's company like you would any other night. Remember, when you go out in a group, you’re most likely having more fun than the table for two over to the left.

Shop.

Don’t have a guy or gal to take you out under the moonlight? Well, try on outfits that will make everyone jealous that you’re not their date. Pick out an outfit that makes you feel confident, beautiful and happy. Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are special and I guarantee that if you can embrace the notion, others will believe it too.

Be productive.

Instead of crying in your bed with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, use some alone time to work on a project you’ve been planning to do. Read a book, play the guitar or catch up on all of that schoolwork you’ve put off. If you can learn not to hate your life for not having any Valentine’s Day plans and instead, turn your focus into motivation, you will be better off in the end.  Sometimes, success manifests from facing struggle head on. So don’t be sad, you might find a passion somewhere else.

Call an old relative or friend.

What says, “I love you” more than reaching out to a loved one you don’t normally have the chance to see or speak to? Grandma or Grandpa would probably love to hear about what is going on at school and what else you’re up to. Simply picking up the phone and talking about recent accomplishments will boost your happiness, which will make your loved ones happy as well.

Be positive.

Don’t ever believe that having a significant other is the only way to feel happy. You are the only one in control of your life and can make the moments about which you dream into a reality. Just remember that it is up to you to be your own person and not to allow giant red hearts and balloons or another person define who you are.