A Guide to being single on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2014 7:07 pm

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Doha, 13th February 2014: Ladies and Gentlemen, its that time of the year again when (backed by peer pressure and a billion dollar holiday industry) lovers everywhere express their feelings for their special someone with expensive chocolates, a scientifically incorrect image of the human heart, dead vegetation and lit fire inside small closed spaces.

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But I’m being a spoilsport ofcourse, and just like Mother’s Day, Womens Day, Father’s Day all the other ‘Hallmark’ed holidays, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate that special something you should probably be thankful for, every single day.

There’s no need to feed into the notion that love is all about dating, buying gifts or doing something extraordinary for a single person. You can always mark the day by being there for the friends, family and causes you’ve always cared about.

Here are a few tips to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day – The single way !

1. Have a fun filled time with all your other single friends

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Even if you’re not in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is still a great opportunity to take advantage of all those exciting offers and coupons. So why not make the best of them with your single mates. Go shopping, hit the spa, feast yourself on the season’s best chocolates or check out that one place you’ve always wanted to, but never found time for.

2. Pick up the bonus cheque

Most workplaces tend to run short on Valentine’s Day, which makes it a great opportunity for you to get some extra work done and score some overtime points while you’re at it.  Had it not been a Friday, this is certainly what I’d find myself doing but even if its a holiday, there’s plenty of places that would appreciate an extra pair of hands. Which brings us to

3. Volunteering

Courtesy: YSOP

Courtesy: YSOP

We all have that one cause we have always found worth supporting but just haven’t found the time for. Well now you do. Although they do not often publicize their requirements, all volunteer organizations can use an extra pair of hands. And chances are by the end of the evening, you would find it an enjoyable experience and find yourself making more time for the cause in future.

4. Invite your parents over

Chances are there’d be no one gladder about you staying home on Valentine’s Day than your dear parents. So why not invite them and your grandparents over for a home-cooked meal? It would also be a great occasion to catch up with family, after all, you’ve hardly found the time for them lately between work and your personal life.

5. Sports and Adventure

 An interesting idea for guys as well, V’day is a great opportunity to hit the court with your friends, go sky-diving or embark on a desert safari.

Make the Best of the Occasion

So what’re you waiting for, find friends, causes and family your care about the most and spend this day of love with the ones you feel most thankful for.And always remember, regardless of whether you’re in a relationship or not, the most important lesson in love is learning to love yourself first.

Wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day !




About the Author

Aani Fatimah Khatoon is the Associate editor of Qatar Chronicle. She pens articles on issues of public interest and happenings across the world

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