Is Saying "I Love You" On Valentine's Day A Good Idea? Here's What To Consider

Saying those three little words to your partner for the first time is a hella vulnerable move. But if it's the right time, it can be a really amazing step to take in your relationship. As Valentine's Day approaches, there's are a lot of chances to share how you feel with your partner. And if you're ready to say "I love you" on Valentine's Day, it might just be a great time to do so.

Relationship expert and host of the breakup BOOST podcast Trina Leckie told Elite Daily that, "I think the best thing to do when it comes to this is not to over-think it. If you feel like you want to scream it from the rooftops, that's a good indication of a good time to say it because it shows how excited you are to tell that person how you feel about them." Leckie's approach is aligned with the old saying, "If you know, you know," and sometimes you just have that feeling of readiness. If that's you, why not take the leap this Valentine's Day? If you're nervous about doing so, that's super valid. It's a big step to take, but if you're ready, it could end up being really amazing.

It's not cliché if you mean it.

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Sometimes, people can feel hesitant about saying "I love you" on Valentine's Day because it can feel cliché. The thing is, though, if you mean it, so what? The concept of something being cliché is rooted in external judgments. Since this is something personal and private between you and your partner, who's to say it's cliché? If it feels right for you, that's all that matters.

You can make the most of the holiday.

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The best part about having a holiday centered around love and romance (during arguably the worst part of winter) is that you get so many excuses to get super into the season. If you want to pull off a romantic stunt like getting a heart-shaped pizza or a violinist to play your bae's fave song when you're out to dinner, this is the time of year people are usually happy to oblige.

Businesses typically have programs, deals, and promotions for Valentine's Day that could make for an incredibly swoon-worthy date. For example, you can book a spontaneous Valentine's trip with JetBlue's recent sale on flights with one way prices starting at $44. You could order a heart-shaped pizza for a Valentine's treat from Papa John's, deliver a bouquet of flowers to their door with Urban Stems, or treat them to a lovely date at Olive Garden who has a special date deal for $35.99 this V-Day. If you would like to have a private dinner at home instead, the meal kit delivery company, HelloFresh, is offering 50 percent off your first two boxes now through Feb. 14 for new customers.

If you're ready, it's worth a shot.

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When it comes down to it, if you love this person and you feel ready to tell them, that's pretty amazing. It's probably exciting to feel this way about a partner! If you're ready to share this with them, then you should do so. If they aren't ready to say it back, that isn't the absolute end of the world because they have the option of saying it when they're ready. What matters is that you're willing to take the vulnerability to put yourself out there and show someone you care.

No matter what you end up doing this Valentine's Day, I hope that it's filled with a loving atmosphere. And, hey, it's amazing that you're taking this big step with those three little words.