How to have a happy, single, Valentine’s Day

By SARAH CRAWFORD,
Central York High School

Ah, Valentine’s Day! It is the time of year when romance is truly aflutter. Couples are holding hands, sharing chocolate-covered fruit, and confessing their undying love for each other. Cupid is busily working to make sure everyone finds their true match. Unfortunately, Cupid’s arrows seemed to have missed you, and you find yourself single on the most romantic day of the year. Now what? Don’t be dismayed. Single people can have just as much fun as couples on Valentine’s Day. You just have to know what to do.

1. A few days before Feb. 14, call some of your other single friends to see if they want to hang out when this day arrives. Plan the party with your buds and have everyone contribute something to eat. Remember to include upbeat music and some great movie comedies, like “National Lampoon’s Vacation” or “Anchorman,” to help keep everyone’s minds off their lack of a love life.

2. As for the music selection of the evening, it would be best to avoid any Adele or Taylor Swift songs. Instead, try to listen to something that avoids anything about failed relationships, or trying to find true love. Musical artists like Katy Perry or bands like Train have some great upbeat songs that will have your single friends dancing, not weeping.

3. When Valentine’s Day arrives, remember to avoid some key places. Fancy restaurants are going to be overflowing with couples having long, romantic meals. So, if you really must go out to eat, your best bet to avoid these lovestruck people is at a fast food restaurant. Also, stay away from the movie theater, where couples are sure to be snuggling close together.

In order to fully have a happy single Valentine’s day, remember these few things. Acting desperate for a date never works. It just makes people pity you. Surround yourself with people who aren’t dating. They’ll be more fun to be around than couples. And, above all else, don’t stress out about being single on Valentine’s Day. It really is just a holiday that card companies, flower shops and chocolate stores use to make people buy their merchandise in order to prove to people how much they love somebody.

About Matt Eyer

Assistant Features Editor at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Read my (mostly ancient Greece-related) books reviews at Book Buzz. Follow me on Twitter @mjeyer.
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