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How to Get Through Valentine’s Day If You’re Single

Golly, shucks. It sucks being caught out on Valentine’s Day, single as can be. Like a lone wolf trapped on a floating iceberg, how will you ever return to your wolf pack and find a hot wolf-mate to love? Okay, let’s not be dramatic.

Being single on V Day can be rough. But it doesn’t have to be. If you’re really not feeling Valentine’s Day this year as a single, try these five steps to making it a holiday inclusive to everyone.

Step 1: Own It

You’re single. So, what? Don’t hide it. Own it. And know that, owning it doesn’t mean you have to accept it. If you want to find love, don’t be embarrassed. Most normal people do. So, take this day to look for it.
And really don’t be embarrassed about venturing online to find it. The digital age has afforded us so many more venues to discover that perfect match. Free dating sites are a place to start.

Step 2: Feed It

Ellen is right. And second Thanksgiving – exquisitely imaginary as it sounds – is an actual thing. It involves friends, coming together, to celebrate friendship with a full Thanksgiving spread on the day of Cupid…while also avoiding all the hard feelings of being excluded on Valentine’s Day, because you’re single.

Sarah Soares will give you the rundown on why you should give second Thanksgiving a try – whether you’re single or not.

Step 3: Love It

Don’t let Valentine’s Day exclude you. It doesn’t have to be a holiday only for couples; it’s a holiday for love. Regardless of whether you’re in a relationship or not, you love someone, right? A friend. A family member. Your kid. Your dog. Your “love” doesn’t have to be romantic. Treat someone in your life to a happy Valentine’s Day and make them feel special.

Step 4: Meet It

Interested in meeting new people, so that you won’t be single next Valentine’s Day?
There are numerous anti-Valentine’s Day singles parties for you and your single friends to get together and have the single most wonderful night of your life.

Just check your local listings. Most big cities have dozens to choose from – and I’m sure some small towns do too.

Step 5: Embrace It

As I see it, you have two options: wallow in your singledom or embrace it. The first option: you, drinking wine alone until you pass out, an empty box of Kleenex beside you, as you snot and cry yourself to sleep over a pint of Haagen-Dazs (i.e. the culmination of every chickflick “sad single girl” montage known to man).

The second option: you, taking a solo trip to Bordeaux, and mingling with other super fly solo-travelers like yourself. You’ll probably also be drinking wine, but instead of crying into your pillow, you’ll be gleefully cheersing, “salut,” to your fellow singles.

Are you hoping to celebrate a traditional Valentine’s Day – chocolates, roses, dinner, the works – next year? For a free dating app, join Cupid.com and scour profiles for someone special to strike an arrow in.

He or she is out there.

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