How could anyone hate Valentine’s Day, the day set aside for love? What heartless person would hate that? Well, plenty, and there’s plenty to hate about it. Give someone a big bouquet of overpriced flowers! After all, what better symbol of your love is there than something that’s going to die in a few days? Speaking of symbols, what’s the deal with all the heart-shaped things? That shape looks nothing like a human heart! Fancy restaurants are super crowded on February 14, packed with people paying too much to eat a meal they could have gotten elsewhere for half the price. Jewelry’s pretty, but how much jewelry you can afford isn’t really the best way to show how much you love someone.
Whether you happen to be unattached this Valentine’s Day or you just don’t like society telling you exactly when to show your significant other that you care, sitting at home watching the Hallmark Channel and devouring a tub of ice cream is not an option. There’s no sulking on Anti-Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day drops a heavy weight on the shoulders of people who want to create the perfect date, stress compounded by social media and sites such as Pinterest that create unrealistic expectations that even the most ardent Valentine’s Day supporters can’t keep up with. Then, there’s the pressure on single people to find a Valentine’s date or face the stigma of being dateless on the biggest date night of the year. So, let’s throw away those paper hearts and celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day en masse!
1. Get out your aggressions
Go nuts on the punching bag at the gym. Go to a shooting range. See if any local boxing clubs or karate facilities offer an introductory lesson and let it all out.
2. Get a spa treatment
Treat yourself; you deserve it! Check out Groupon or other coupon apps to see if there are any special offers at spas near you.
3. Get some puppy love
Visit an animal shelter and meet some puppies or kitties. Some shelters welcome volunteers to walk their dogs. The shelter employees will be grateful, and the dogs will love you!
4. Have a movie night with friends
Invite other single friends over for a night of not watching rom-coms. “War of the Roses,” “Fatal Attraction,” and “Pulp Fiction” are only a few of the many anti-love stories out there. Or, just pick a bad romantic comedy and riff on it with your friends.
5. Take on a project
Pick something in your home that needs a little attention. Clean out a closet, put up some shelves, caulk the tub; choose anything that doesn’t take up too much time but will leave you with a big sense of accomplishment.
6. Learn something
Go to a museum, aquarium, or planetarium and fill your mind. Many libraries have free or discounted passes available for local museums.
7. Go out with your other single friends
You know they’re out there, and they feel the same as you. Try to find a bar that’s offering specials for singles or try some tips for saving money when you go out.
8. Have a spell-casting party
Wear your best black outfit and bring mementos from past relationships to burn. Look up spells to cast on your ex or make voodoo dolls of their likenesses. It’s a fun way to let go of the past and look forward to the future.
9. Set up a date for your dog
Get together with another dog owner for a playdate for your pups. You and your dog both get to socialize, and the exercise is great!
Give your phone, computer, and iPad a rest. You’re mainly only missing selfies of people on dates and pictures of overpriced bouquets of flowers anyway.
11. Do something daring
Skydiving, zip lining, and cliff diving are all adventurous options. If you live in a colder climate, find an indoor skydiving facility or trampoline park.
12. Enjoy time with yourself
Treat yourself to your favorite meal and go see a movie. You won’t have to share the popcorn or the armrest.
Don’t spend this February 14 trying to avoid Valentine’s Day. Instead, embrace Anti-Valentine’s Day! You’ll have some fun, maybe get some peace, and you’ll definitely have more money in your pocket at the end of the night!