6 ways to express your love on Valentine’s Day (and every other day)

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By: Harper Reid

Looking for creative ways to express your love this Valentine’s Day? You don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to celebrate the day of love. You can also celebrate it with your friends, family, colleagues, and your community. It’s all about spreading the love to the people around you.

Here’s how you can make the day special for your loved ones:

 Forget about the Material Things

There’s no doubt Valentine’s Day has become extremely commercialized. Many of us get too caught up in buying material things and lose sight of what the holiday is about. The best way to show your love is through your actions, not expensive gifts. There are so many little things you can do to express your gratitude to the people your love.

Think about what your loved ones do for you on a daily basis, and return the favor. Something as simple as getting all the chores done before they come home or offering to cook dinner is a great way to brighten their day! Dedicating your time to your loved ones will always be more meaningful than material things. Of course, if you do want to give purchased gifts, that’s fine too! As long as the gift has meaning, you can’t really go wrong.

Put Others First

Valentine’s Day is about putting others first, whether you’re celebrating with your partner or your family. Spend the day doing something they love, even if it’s not your cup of tea. If they’re an art lover, take them to a local art museum or exhibition. If they’re a fan of musical theatre, surprise them with tickets to a show. They’ll appreciate getting to share their passion with you more than you know.

Spend Time with Your Relatives

Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with your relatives? Pay a visit to your grandparents or invite them over for a home-made dinner. If you’ve got long distance cousins, give them a call or send them a thoughtful letter. The smallest gestures could mean the most.

Do Some Volunteer Work

Show some love to your community by doing volunteer work. Find a local charity you’re interested in and give a helping hand. Get the whole family involved & make a day of it. Even better, make it a regular thing. Dedicating your time to help those in need is important, and it’s a great example to set for your children.

Surprise Your Friends

If you have single friends who are going to be alone this Valentine’s Day, do something special for them. Plan a surprise outing or send them a thoughtful gift basket with all their favorite things. Do anything that will put a smile on their face and make their day. It doesn’t really matter what you do. The most important thing is to show that you care.

 Share the Love with Your Colleagues

There are many simple things you can do to share the love in the workplace. If you want to do something nice for the whole office, you can’t go wrong with baked goods. Create some Valentines-Day themed cupcakes and share it around. If you’re not much of a baker, treat the team to a drink after work or take them out for coffee. If you want to do something personal, send your colleagues individual thank-you notes. It doesn’t have to say much or be overly complicated – just a brief message expressing your appreciation.

Remember, these thoughtful gestures don’t have to be reserved for one day of the year. You should make an effort all year round to express your love to the people in your life. Treat every day like it’s Valentine’s Day!

 

Harper Reid is an aspiring creative writer from New Zealand’s gorgeous City of Sails – Auckland. She often writes about travel and lifestyle topics and occasionally contributes to local business sites too. Drop her a line anytime on her blog – whether it’s feedback on her writing or simply hello – she would love to hear from you!
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