TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - For singles, Valentine's Day is a glaring reminder that you are still solo – your colleagues receive bouquets of flowers, restaurants are reconfigured to seat only tables of two and Pepto-Bismol pink decor takes over. It's no wonder the occasion is dreaded by singles. This year, Lavalife.com is offering singles the secret for surviving and even enjoying Valentine's Day in five quick and easy steps.
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"Valentine's Day can create a gut-wrenching feeling... not unlike what you get from downing a whole box of chocolate in a pity-me frenzy," explains Kim Hughes, Singles and Dating Expert for Lavalife.com. "Singles need to keep in mind that Valentine's Day is a greeting card holiday – and shouldn't be taken too seriously. They should also take a proactive approach by following these five steps for guaranteed happiness on February 14. Who knows – they may even outshine their coupled friends."
Step #1: Write a Gratitude List. It may sound a little corny but it works every time. Wake up in the morning and write down the people and things in your life that you are grateful for... a recent promotion? A great relationship with your sister? Quitting smoking? Whatever it is, it will undoubtedly lift your spirits.
Step #2: Send a Valentine. Take a look at your gratitude list and pick one person (or a few) that is important to you. Send them a Valentine. It can be a simple card, e-card or even a gift. You will make their day and, in doing so, feel great yourself.
Step #3: Make Plans. Put on a hot outfit, grab a couple of single friends and hit your local wine bar, karaoke dive or bowling alley. Tell funny stories of relationships past and enjoy your freedom. If you are looking for a night in, make it a movie night. Rent a bunch of romantic comedies or (better) horror flicks.
Step #4: Chat with Singles... online. Sign up FREE with Lavalife.com and connect with heaps of singles in your area. You can hone your search to find exactly your type and chat with a ton of eligible potential mates. The constant attention and possible connection will make you feel great. You can even set up a spur-of-the-moment coffee date for Valentine's Day.
Step #5: Donate to Charity. Decide what you would have spent on Valentine's Day – $50 on a flower delivery, $10 on a box of chocolates, $100 on dinner? – and donate that amount to your charity of choice. Then anticipate the good karma coming your way.
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