All the flower deliveries and dressed up couples going out to dinner can be a bit much for the unattached this week. But, Valentine’s Day is about more than couples. It’s a chance to celebrate yourself.

Why not do something inexpensive with friends or family?

Cheap entertainment abounds that doesn’t require a significant other:

• Rent a movie and pop some popcorn. Invite friends to join you.
• Get a group together to bike or walk.
• Go walking and window shopping with a group at a local mall.
• Do a Valentine’s Day gift or card exchange with friends.
• Do something that you enjoy on your own.

If Valentine’s Day triggers negative emotions, come up with a new way to look at the holiday. It’s a nice day to tell someone you care. By celebrating others, you can uplift yourself.

In fact, make Valentine’s Day work for you by listing all the positive things about you and post them where you can read them often. It’s a personal Valentine’s Day card that keeps on giving.

Of the 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards exchanged in the U.S. each year, sweethearts rank fourth behind teachers, children, mothers and wives. This confirms that you don’t even need a sweetheart to celebrate. In fact, pets rank right behind sweethearts in card recipients.

Everyone at Counseling & Recovery Services wishes you a Happy Valentine’s Day.