Valentines Day Should Be A Time Of Love For Everyone

In A Season Of Hate, Valentine's Day Should Be A Time Of Love For More Than Just Couples

People love to hate on Valentine's Day, but maybe it's about more than just crushes, dinner dates, and roses.

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Everyone loves to hate Valentine's Day. Whether you're single or in a relationship, Valentine's Day is either the best day of the year or one of the worst. From Anti-Valentine's Day parties to passive aggressive tweets, it's almost more fun to hate the day of love than embrace it. But maybe, just maybe, after months of shootings, heightened political tension, government shutdowns, and more negative Facebook posts than positive ones, this Valentine's Day should be about more than cheap candy and date nights.

The origins of Valentine's Day can be traced back to Ancient Rome, animal sacrifices, and the beating of women. Feel free to view the whole story here. If that gruesome tale teaches us anything, it's that we should be turning Valentine's Day into whatever we want it to be. Don't we have enough hate in our everyday lives? Can't we just find a way to make Valentine's Day a day of positivity rather than resentment?

The last 365 days have carried with them a lot of pain for many people. Even more damaging than that, the last 365 days have bred intense hated for one another. Let's make this Valentine's Day the turning point for all relationships. Here are a few ways you can give a positive spin to an otherwise frustrating day.

Do a social media cleanse.

Take 20 minutes to clear all of the negativity from your social media accounts. Whether that be negative people or negative accounts, getting rid of these influences will keep the hate from being the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning.

Don't be afraid to cut these people out. On the reverse of that, if you're someone posting these negative things, please stop. If you care that much about politics, the environment, or other people, get out and do something about it. Posting every opinion you have on Facebook isn't doing anything for anyone.

Do something kind for someone you don't know.

Random acts of kindness do more for you than the person you're doing them for. Pay for someone's meal. Write a sweet note and leave it on a windshield. Do a chore for a friend or neighbor. Write a letter to someone you haven't talked to in a while. It doesn't matter what you do, just find a kind way to show some love.

Spend quality time with someone — anyone really.

Turn off the television, shut down your phone, and break out the games (or the crafts or the coloring books). For many, quality time is the best way to show love. Whether you spend time with a friend, roommate, parent, or spouse, there are many non-romantic ways to show that you care. You can make someone's day with just with a few hours of uninterrupted time.

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be negative. It doesn't have to be a time of jealousy or anger. Valentine's Day should be a time of love for anyone and everyone. In the age of American hate, maybe a day of love isn't the worst thing ever. Let's make this February 14th better than all that came before it.

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10 Dates For All Couples, Including Long Distance Lovers, To Have This Valentine's Day

"I'm sick of all this lovey dovey sh*t" - Drake

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So originally, I was in Florida for college, so my boyfriend and I were going to be apart for Valentines day this year, but things changed. Before that I was trying to come up with dates for us to have, but now that we aren't apart I figured that I would still share the ideas for all the long distance couples out there looking for something simple and easy to do this Valentines Day. All of these can be used if you're together or apart this Valentines day. So here's 10 date ideas for ALL couples to share this Valentines Day.

1. Watch a movie together.

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Kinda lame but for long distance couples, there's websites that allow you and somebody else to watch the same movie and video chat while the movies playing.

2. Cook together and have dinner.

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Get on FaceTime long distance couples and cook the same thing for dinner at the same time so yo guys can "sit down together" and have a meal like you would if you were at home.

3. Share the sunset, or sun rise.

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If you can, because this one might be a little difficult.

4. Listen to music together.

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New music, old music, if you guys have a special song.

5. Share the highlight and low point of each others day.

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You guys could continue to do this everyday.

6.Create a photo album together.

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You can make digital photo albums.

7. DIY night.

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Find a few DIY's that you guys want to try and make it friendly competition, over FaceTime.

8. Read to each other.

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Whether it be a book, or a poem, or song lyrics.

9. Dance around to music together.

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Obviously less fun over Face Time, but still fun.

10. The traditional Valentines day.

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Send flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolates, sweet cards and blah blah blah.

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Whether Your Perpetually Single Or Married AF, Here Are 5 Easy Things To Do This Valentine's Day

Make the perfect day even more special.

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The day that is full of love, smiles, and red faces. Valentine's Day! This is such a beautiful day because there are many people showcasing their love for one another, or people embracing to tell their biggest secret to someone (their crush). This day is one of my favorite holidays and I love how people make others feel especially special on this day. There are many things to do on Valentine's Day, but if you're single or in a relationship, I have the perfect things to do.

1. The Stars.

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This may seem corny, but taking the time to sit outside at 7 p.m. to look at the stars is lovely. Having that time to communicate with your significant other is relaxing and peaceful. This is a great way to enjoy each other's company and to cherish a moment of relaxation.

2. Yum, Num, Yum.

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Of course, I was going to tell you to go out to eat. Taking that time to eat dinner with your significant other is important. You can have that moment in time to just express why you love that person and you can do it over a great dinner. If you're not feeling anything fancy, choose a different type of scenery. Instead of prime ribs and asparagus, go get some good 'ole fashioned wings, ribs or a juicy burger. Step outside of the box.

3. Game Night.

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Having a game night with your significant other is not traditional at all, that's why you should do it. Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Dance Dance Revolution. These are all great games to play with your significant other. Having that time to laugh and relieve stress with one another can really help you mentally. It may seem childish, but it is something different and is not a part of the status quo.

4. If you're single,  mingle.

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For all my single souls, it's okay not being in a relationship on Valentine's Day. There're still things for you to do. You can go out with your other single friends an enjoy their company. You can even try speed dating. Movie night by yourself isn't too bad neither, I've done it before and it is quite peaceful. Treating your mom, dad or siblings is not ideal, but it will make their day. Valentine's Day can be spent with anyone, not just someone you have "feelings" for.

5. MOVIES!

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There will probably be love movie marathons playing on TV the entire week of Valentine's Day. Enjoy a "chick flick" with your girls or guys. I know it may seem lame, but movie night is the best type of night to spend with family & friends. One of my favorite movies is Valentine's Day. It's such an awesome movie that focuses on a range of people and their Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day is the time to show everyone you care for that you love them. Whether you show them in small gestures or big gestures. You can give people thank you cards or send them a basket of edible arrangement. This is the day of love. Let this be the day that you embrace love, in every aspect that you can embrace it in.

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