A Love Letter To Those Who Felt Extra Lonely Around The Holidays

A Love Letter To Those Who Felt Extra Lonely Around The Holidays

It's a very common ideal for everyone to be extra chirpy around the holiday season, but we seem to forget that some don't look forward to the holidays.

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The holidays are infamously known for being the happiest, most giving and loving time of the year.

It's the time where we not only celebrate life but each other. We give gifts, hugs, food and so much more to one another throughout the entirety of the season. We sing songs, perform dances and event travel to see those we love.

However, for some, the holidays season isn't necessarily a merry and bright one, but one filled with reminders about how they may not have a reason to be as happy as everyone else around them.

This letter right here, this is for you. The one that scoffs at all the decorations around your town or changes the station when you hair the bells jingling- you don't have to hate the holidays.

You are loved. No matter what you may think or who you have been surrounding yourself with lately don't you forget that you're absolutely adored and cared for by at least one person that has been in your life. Out there, somewhere, there is someone you crossed paths with and you impacted their life in some way or another. You may not think you did, but I can assure you, you did.

There are people that I simply met in passing that sometimes cross my mind, even after years later. All I can think about in those spare moments is just hope that they're doing fine and that they're nothing but happy. There is someone or multiple people out there that think the same way about you.

Don't let the last fight you got in, or the last goodbye you said spoil this time of the year for you. I know it may be hard to plaster on a smile when everything inside you is telling you to just frown and turn away but don't.

Take a moment to think about everything that's ever made you smile. The people that have affected your life in any which way, even those that you thought really didn't mean much to you but ultimately did.

Doesn't that build up a warmness in your chest? Doesn't that count for something? Don't you want that feeling to last?

Take advantage of what you feel in this moment and don't let the moment slip your mind no matter how alone or sad you may feel.

If none of this reminds you as to why you should appreciate the holidays or at least as to why some are extra chirpy during these next few months then you can dedicate your time to ensuring that others don't necessarily feel the same as you do.

There are several things you can do to spread your own joy and cheer to others who may be in need of it.

You can volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless and make sure those less fortunate have warm meals throughout the colder times and even sign up for toys for tots and arrange to have gifts delivered to those in places who don't even cross your mind.

Take advantage of the opportunities.

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12 Gifts To Give Your Girlfriend On Valentine's Day

All of these gift ideas will for sure win over your girlfriend's heart this year!
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To all the last-minute gift givers of Valentine's Day:

Don't panic. While I know how stressful it can be to get the perfect gift for your significant other, there are so many gift ideas that people always forget as an option. The best part about Valentine's day is not the gifts you get, but rather the romantic time you get to spend with your loved one. So don't worry about how expensive the gift is, just worry about how much thought you put into it. If you are still stuck on a gift to buy for your girlfriend, here are 12 ideas to get the ball rolling for you:

1. Chocolate



Chocolate is every woman's best friend. It also can be your wallet's best friend for this Valentine's Day season. A box of chocolate can warm your girlfriend's heart for a low price.

Buy a box on Amazon.


2. Flowers



Flowers. Another common, but romantic gift for your girlfriend. Get creative with it. Throw rose pedals all over the bed, or hand her a giant bouquet all at once. Either way I am sure she will love it.

Buy them on Amazon.


3. Giant Teddy Bear



This is a gift that I always found so adorable. While it can be obnoxious to purchase and carry around, the look on your girlfriend's face when she sees it will make it all worth it. She can cuddle the bear when you're not around. ;)

Buy one on Amazon.


4. Wine



Again, another luxury that is a woman's best friend. You cannot go wrong with buying your girlfriend a bottle, or bottles, of wine. The only question you have to ask yourself when buying it is, red or white?

Buy a set of glasses to match on Amazon.


5. A Couple's Massage

Um, hello. Who wouldn't love this gift? Not only is it a gift for her, but it is one for you as well. This gift can also be surprisingly cheap. Many places offer amazing deals during the Valentine's Day season!


6. Dinner

There is absolutely nothing wrong with just taking your girlfriend to a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day. Dinner can be expensive enough as it is, the important thing to remember is to make memories that will last a lifetime during the meal.


7. A Movie



Again, nothing wrong with just going to a movie for the night. Sometimes a movie can set the level of romance you need for Valentine's Day.

Buy an AMC gift card on Amazon.


8. A Necklace



I know what you're thinking, too expensive! Don't throw away the necklace idea just yet. There are so many stores that sell such elegant necklaces, and they are decently priced as well. Check out stores like Alex and Ani, or Pandora for great deals, or just order from Amazon!


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9. A Ring



While this gift may only apply to a select few, imagine how memorable this day would be for your girlfriend. Do not think it is too cliche to propose to your girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Who cares how many other people do it, think about the joy it will bring her.

Buy a diamond ring on Amazon.


10. Clothes



Plan and buy your girlfriend's outfit for the night! It saves her time figuring out what to wear, and you just bought her clothes that she will absolutely adore!

Buy a sweater she will love on Amazon.


11. A One Night Stay at a Hotel



I don't think I have to say anything about this gift. You all know how romantic this is.

Buy a Hotels.com gift card on Amazon.


12. Personalized Picture Frame



A gift that is beyond thoughtful. Taking all of your pictures of memories from before and putting them together for your girlfriend is a gift that will for sure have her in tears.

Buy one on Amazon.


Please note that all items are in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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14 Ways To Show You Love Someone This Valentine's Day

You don't need to use the word love to prove it.

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Love means different things to everybody, and on top of that there's a ton of different types of love. You love your favorite food, you love certain hobbies, you love your family, you love your friends, and you love your significant other. Telling your significant other that you love them for the first time can be nerve racking, even if you fully mean it. But when you take a step back and think about it, you've probably told them that you love them already, just without saying those exact words.

You don't need to use the word love to say/prove it, so if you aren't ready to say it yet, if you think it's too soon to say it or the timing just isn't right but you want to make your Valentine feel loved, say and do these 14 things this Valentines day instead.

1. Tell them that they look incredible today.

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2. Ask about how their day was.

3. Ask how their family and friends are.

4. Help them with things they need to get done.

5. Surprise them by making their favorite food, or dessert together.

6. Take them out to eat at their favorite restaurant, or any place that they choose.

7. Open doors for them, and pull out their seat.

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8. Hold their hand, snuggles, forehead kisses, hand kisses, cheek kisses...okay so just kisses in general.

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9. Reassure them with kind words if they are having a tough day or week.

10. Write a love letter about how they make you feel.

11. Bringing them their coffee in the morning, or another one.

12. Tell them that you're proud of them.

13. Telling them to "Drive safely", and "Get home safely."

14. Calling them before bed and letting them know that you had a great day with them.

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