7 Perks Of Being Single On Valentine's Day

7 Very Real Perks Of Being Single On Valentine's Day

It's kind of the best?


I'm not really one to be the optimist, but sometimes you have to look for the positives if everyone around you is happy.

And yes, I am scheduled to post the week of V-Day, but this will probably get buried among the other "single" articles then... That, and maybe I should save that week for a chocolate review.

But, believe it or not, there are actually some great perks to being single on Valentine's Day. Here are 7 of them:

No date stress.

Unless you're doing Galentine's day or something equivalent to it, without a partner to worry about, you don't have to worry about finding the perfect present for them, or planning the perfect date. You can just focus on work or school, or whatever else is already stressing you out enough. Also, if you have a free day, you have a REAL free day... You can do whatever you want.

You can still pig out on chocolate, and I mean, pig out.

Especially if you're one of those people overly concerned about being "dainty" around a potential date. Not to mention, you don't have to share. This is your chocolate. You're treating YOURSELF!

Cheap candy day.

Ah, February 15th, how I love thee... How you giveth many the opportunity to replenish the candy stock for extraordinarily low prices... And if one is single, once again, one does not have to share!

Really, you just get treat yourself.

There's this one saying: If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. So you don't have anyone to take you out... just take yourself out. Go out the movie you actually want to see instead of a cheesy date movie. (Unless, of course, that's what you want)! Go out to a restaurant you actually want to eat at, fancy or not, and, of course, buy yourself something you actually want, because nobody knows you better than... you!

Or it's totally acceptable to stay in.

Don't want to be surrounded by couples smooching all over each other, or just can't go out in general due to monetary reasons or other obligations? No problem! It's totally acceptable to curl yourself up in a blanket burrito with some Ben & Jerry's and binge your favorite shows or movies. Hell, that's what a lot of people think we're doing anyway, only we're not always sobbing over loneliness, maybe just a fictional character (who you may or may not really love).

As much as V-Day reminds us of the good, it can also remind us of the bad parts of relationships.

I've talked about stress before... There are people out there who put way too much faith into this holiday... I mean, come on, it's not even a bank holiday. Calm down! Your relationship doesn't have to ride on getting the best date if you already love each other outside of that. And then there are the ones who are too desperate to not be single that day and end up rushing into bad things... Come on people. Just... no. It's totally OK to be single.


Or cider? Or cocktails? No need to cheers, no need to make/pour two drinks (unless YOU want more), and most of all, more for you.

I guess the big conclusion here is... No worries, no sharing, more chocolate, more you time.

Follow Swoon on Instagram.

Report this Content

For a long time, Goya has been a staple in some Latino households. People carry around jars of Adobo when they eat at friend's houses and packets of Sazón Goya can be found in almost everyone's pantry. Many BuzzFeed lists, videos, and memes aimed at Latinos reference Goya somewhere.

But in a year that just keeps hitting us with bad news, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue said that Trump was an "incredible builder" and that the US was "blessed" to have him as president at a White House event on Thursday.

Keep Reading... Show less

I've never been big on casual wear or athleisure. Most people who know me have never seen me in sweats. But, I do have those two or three pairs of sweats I can't resist climbing into the second I get home, the newest addition of which is the extra cozy Odyssey crewneck sweatshirt I got in an XL size to feel as close to being wrapped in a blanket at all times as possible.

In the past several months, I've started to expand my horizons, considering the ways in which I can bring my small wardrobe of comfortable bedroom clothing into the public. I've experimented with topping leggings and a sports bra with a denim jacket to the park, and an oversized sweatshirt worn as a dress, cinched at the waist with a belt when I'm out wearing leggings.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Dress Like Your Favorite 'Insecure' Characters — Without Spending $2,000

We take a look at the fashion of Insecure season 4, and how you can create these looks yourself.


Insecure is one fo my favorite shows ever. It really encapsulates what it's like being a Black 20-something, trying to navigate the many ups and downs of life. Issa, Molly, Kelli, and Tiffany are living their best lives in California while dealing with the twists and turns that come with that.

From life to relationships to careers, this show truly captures everything that runs through my mind on a daily basis. The show has a sense of realness and a strong frankness that makes you gravitate toward the characters and root for their success.

Keep Reading... Show less

Making A Food Instagram Was The Greatest Silver Lining To Come Out Of My COVID-19 Experience

With the crazy and scary times that 2020 has brought, find comfort in the one thing everyone loves: food.

The waiter briskly moves towards us and stops just a foot away table, balancing the black serving tray stacked high with the ceramic plates that make-up our dinner. From memorization, he beings gently, but purposely, sliding everyone's orders in front of them and within seconds I'm am starring my meal.

Keep Reading... Show less

Honey has been a staple in my Ayurvedic skincare routine since I was a kid and my grandmother used to make me homemade paste-like face masks by mixing chickpea flour, turmeric, honey, and yogurt together.

I now use honey head to toe — on my hair to make it extra shiny, on my face for its natural smoothing and anti-bacterial properties, and the rest of my body for its extreme textural and brightening benefits. Some people even use it on their armpits for honey's lightening effect on the skin.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

People Are Eating Salads For Breakfast, And It's About Time

As Americans we know we all need to eat more fruits and veggies, why not do it at breakfast?

I first started seeing a dietitian in late 2017. At the time, I was the heaviest I've ever been at about 210 lbs. At the first appointment, my dietitian asked me to record what I ate in a food diary so she could better understand my habits and give me better direction in changing my lifestyle. I did exactly that and returned a week later, diary in hand. After a cursory glance at the pages, she first remarked at how few fruits and vegetables I ate. Deep down I had already known that, but what I didn't know then was that I was far from being alone in that respect. According to a Times article, about 90 percent of Americans don't consume enough fruits and vegetables to meet current dietary guidelines. It's hardly rocket science as to why that is — many of our diets consist mainly of carbs and non-planted based protein. This isn't to say that carbs and protein are the devils; they're both parts of a balanced diet. However, vegetables and fruit are also part of a balanced diet — a part that often gets neglected. So, when I see people on Instagram eating salad for breakfast, I think to myself "It's about time!"

Keep Reading... Show less

Founders Of Color Q&A: Yarlap's MaryEllen Reider On Destigmatizing Women's Health

The father-daughter duo co-founded the brand and has since generated a passionate, dedicated community of women.

MaryEllen Reider

I was lucky enough to meet MaryEllen Reider over a decade ago as a fellow freshman in college. Since then, I had the luxury of being able to witness her evolution from the faithful companion I went to my first job fair with to the woman who is now a pioneer in destigmatizing the portrayal of women's reproductive health.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments