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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day to all

There are many who feel “forgotten” on Valentine’s Day. Is it true that people experience depression on this holiday?
Absolutely… people who have a “down day” include those who are not in significant relationships, those who have lost their loved one, and those who are in relationships that are not fulfilling. Unfortunately, our media has created the illusion that everyone will have romance on this day. Use Valentine’s Day to tell people you care about them and are grateful they are in your life.

Valentine’s day can be difficult for some people who don’t have a significant other. What are some ideas for those who facing this situation?
1. Do something nice for yourself. Bring in a special dinner, go to a movie, buy yourself some chocolate
2. Spend time with a friend who is also single
3. Focus on gratitude—look at what you DO have in your life vs. what is missing
4. Spend time with grandchildren.
5. Take your pet “out on the town” for a long walk.
6. Remember you don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to use this day to express love and caring for people in your life. Remember how much fun it was when you were a child and gave little valentines to everyone you liked in your class. Share the love.


Anonymous said...

My husband never does anything "special" for Valentine's day. It would be nice to receive a hand made card or for him to write me a poem like he used to do in the early years. I would die from shock if I ever received flowers! How do I teach an old dog new tricks?

joymiller said...

Perhaps it will help if you were direct about what you'd really like-- and just how important it is to you.

Sometimes we forget to tell others our needs, wants and desires, and then wonder why we don't ever get what is important to us.

Anonymous said...

The best way to teach an old dog new tricks is to first tell the dog what trick you would like him to preform.

joy miller said...

That's a great point. How would anyone know our needs unless we communicate those needs. It seems healthy communication is the key.