Valentine’s Day Sucks!
Americans spend up to 20 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day in the supreme quest to meet lovers’ expectations. Those expectations might cause devastating disappointments and Valentine’s let downs. Don’t fall into the traps, use these tips to stay sane and rational as Cupid lets his arrows fly.
1.) If you don’t have a beau, a partner, or a lover right now, plan a special dinner or activity with your best friend, your sister, or even your favorite neighbor. Buy yourself a very affordable luxury, and read Fall in Love With Yourself.
2.) Live in the real here and now. Pretty Woman was an awesome movie, but in real life, men are less likely to be princely. Keep your expectations real.
3.) Tell your lover way before Valentine’s Day: a. The date is February 14, and b. Little sweetnesses light your fire. DON’T play “If you love me, you magically know what I want.” Sidle up and whisper, “Honey, it would be lovely to get__ from my Valentine.”
4.) Start first thing in the morning and say, “I have never loved you more than right now.” Whether your lover is male or female, bestow gifts of smiles, compliments, special treatment and appreciation.
5.) Make sure you reciprocate. Lots of us expect to be showered with gifts and special activities, but maybe we don’t pamper our mates. Cook something awesome. Dress to the nines. Be your most loving self.
6.) Consider your real-life budget as a couple. If one of you is unemployed, or bills are a concern, steady yourself to appreciate simple gifts and rational celebrations. Maybe this year diamonds and lobster aren’t realistic. Love isn’t measured by dollar signs.
7.) If your love life is fraught with distress and discord in general, expecting Valentine’s Day to fix everything is a recipe for disaster. Identify and work on challenges you’re facing together, get professional help if you need it, and make Cupid’s day a new beginning.
“You must first love yourself before you can truly love another. Love is not controlling, it’s accepting. True love honors the differences in each other.” – Rivers ext. 5273
8.) Valentine’s Day doesn’t define how lovable you are or meter your relationship’s success, and it doesn’t change reality. It’s one twenty-four hour period in which we can be fun and flirty or cranky and miserable. If you or your mate don’t like the tradition, it’s ok to ignore it.
Valentine’s Day is mostly promoted by lots of retailers. They make nearly as much money on February 14 as they do for Christmas, and economy-wise, that’s not all bad. However, we need to realize that while most women get excited, anxious and swoony as the day is hyped in the media, many men feel manipulated and hornswaggled. If your expectations have been dashed time and again, the best thing you can do is adjust your thinking and relax. Make someone a little bit happy every day, especially yourself.
“We don’t need a special day for people to realize if they have or don’t have people they love.” – Vivienne ext. 5489
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