5 Alternative Ways to Spread The Love This Valentine’s Day

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There are those people who are really into Valentine’s Day and those of us who really aren’t. I fall into the latter category. I’m not sure why but I’ve just never really been into the whole event and it was only when my boyfriend brought it up at the weekend that I realised we wouldn’t be spending Valentine’s together this year.

I always find it such an awkward holiday. Do you get each other a present? Do you not? What if he/she gets you a present and you haven’t got them one? (Been there…). How big a deal of the holiday do you make? How on earth do we decide on somewhere to go? Even if you get that far, securing a booking somewhere is nearly impossible. In my eyes, it’s much more hassle than it’s worth.

That being said I’m all about spreading the love and positivity. So if like me Valentine’s Day isn’t really your cup of tea, instead of spending the day moaning at the mention of the word, try these alternative ways to spread the love this Valentine’s Day.

1.Galentine’s Day

I think technically Galentine’s celebrations are supposed to be the day before Valentine’s but you do you. Realistically you shouldn’t need an excuse to spend the night with your best girl friends. So gather them all up, get the wine in and stick on your favourite movie. Girly element to movie is optional but preferred.

Movie suggestions

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

Bridesmaids

Bride Wars

This Means War

Valentine’s Day

Sex and The City

2. Random Acts of Kindness

One of the easiest way to spread the love this Valentine’s Day is through a random act of kindness. Random acts of kindness benefit both you and whoever you’ve chosen to be kind to and they’re all little things that you can do without going out of your way. Knowing that you’ve made someone’s day through one small act will keep you smiling all day long.

5 Random Acts of Kindness to Try Today

  • Smile at someone, just because
  • Compliment at least 3 people today and mean it
  • Let the person behind you in the queue at the supermarket go in front of you if you’re not in a rush
  • Give up your seat on the bus/train
  • Pick up the phone and call someone you love for a catch up

3. Write someone a letter – a real, handwritten letter

I sat down at lunch time and wrote my Grandma a letter today. We’ve been writing letters to each other for as long as I can remember and it’s something that both me and my siblings really enjoy doing, both in terms of sending letters and receiving them from my Grandma. She lives in England so we really don’t get to see as much of each other as we would like. Writing letters allows us to keep up to date with everything that’s going on in each other’s lives. It’s also really refreshing in today’s technologically driven society to sit down and communicate the old school way. Pick up a nice card or writing set and get writing to your family, your best friend or your boyfriend.

4. Donate

There are so many petitions and charities out there that are in desperate need of fundraising help. You’ll never be stuck for choosing a charity or cause to get involved with. Whether politically related or a charity to raise money for an issue close to your heart, every little helps. Instead of spending money on a fancy dinner, the perfect date night outfit or an unnecessarily large bouquet of flowers, use that money and donate it to someone who needs it more.

If you’re overwhelmed by choice of charity, although every charity’s cause is just as viable as the next, these are the charities close to my heart.

Bowel Cancer UK

Dog’s Trust

Women’s March on Washington 

5. Treat Yo’ Self

Ok, so I use this saying far too much, definitely a lot more than I probably should but if you can’t treat yourself on Valentine’s Day, when can you treat yourself? Whether single or in a relationship, cast your eye over that ongoing wishlist you’ve got going on and buy those new shoes you’ve been dreaming about, that high end foundation your skin is crying out for or that new perfume that you’ve had your eye on since Christmas.

Check out my wishlist posts if in need of some inspiration.

 

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Niamh ♥

 

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