Your Guide to a Kinder Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you know what that means… another opportunity to spread kindness! There are so many simple ways to shower your loved ones with kindness this Valentine’s Day season and here are some fun ideas to get you started!

Give memories over presents.

Let’s be honest. Flowers wilt and chocolates get eaten, and after a few days, there’s not much left to remind you of Valentine’s Days past. This year, let’s give the gift of experiences to our loved ones instead and make memories that will last a lifetime. The photos and stories you’ll be left with as a result are sure to put smiles on your faces years down the road. Not to mention the kindness you’ll be showing the environment with all the waste you’ll be saving. After all, the planet deserves a valentine too! Consider a commitment to choose kindness with your valentine this year, simply by spending less and getting out more!

DIY your Valentine’s Day cards and keepsakes.

Another way to add value and meaning to your Valentine’s Day kindness is by making your own cards and keepsakes for your special someone! It takes a certain amount of intention and love to take the time out and craft something by hand. If you’ve ever received something homemade, then you know the thought behind the gifting is what means the most. So set aside an hour or two to create! Chances are you already have everything you need to make a beautiful card at home. If you’re feeling ambitious, give Pinterest or YouTube a scroll. Resources like these are chock-full of DIY project ideas using upcycled materials. Above all else, have fun! 

Surprise a stranger.

Keep in mind that not everyone gets to celebrate the holidays. There are many people whose circumstances prevent them from being able to relax and enjoy Valentine’s Day with their loved ones the way others can. Fortunately, there are many ways to show holiday kindness and cheer to those in that situation! Maybe your version of this is simply offering a rose to someone you meet on the street. Perhaps a smile and ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ wishes to random passers-by. If you’re looking for more ways to make an impact, consider making some homemade Valentine’s Day cards and cookies, and delivering them to your local homeless shelter or assisted living community. You can even dedicate the entire day to kindness, creating Valentine’s Day memories with your loved one(s), one kind act at a time!

Show kindness to your Galentines (or Guyentines) instead.

Valentine’s Day can put a lot of pressure on people to be in relationships. We’re here to remind you that it’s not all about dating and romance! Instead, grab ahold of your best gal or guy pal, get out there and celebrate! Friendships are just as valuable as romantic relationships, and they deserve to be honored accordingly! After all, it’s your friends that have been there through thick and thin, helping you pick up the pieces while you navigate the dating world. Give that kindness back by dedicating this day to them!

Be your own valentine!

Last, but definitely not least, spend the day falling in love with yourself! There’s a common misconception, that a ‘valentine’ has to be someone else in your life. But what if you flip the script and focus all that love and appreciation onto yourself instead? Treat yourself to some self-care. Take yourself on a date to dinner and a movie. Relax and soak in the tub for a bit. Or read your favorite book and sip on something warm and spicy. Whatever it is that fills you up, do it! You’ll be surprised how much more you have to give when your cup is full. Be kind to you! We’re willing to bet, you deserve it!

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