Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and if you aren’t already in a relationship with someone special, your chances of finding love on this day seem bleak. But fear not, the holiday isn’t necessarily the end of your hope to find the one – instead, it’s the start of something new!
Every year, hearts worldwide unite in celebrating one of the most beloved holidays: Valentine’s Day. This February 14th is sure to be no different, as lovers around the world will come together for romantic dinner dates and roses-and-candy galore. This year, however, may also find many without a date or loved one with whom to celebrate. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do both single and coupled up to ensure you have a wonderful time on Valentine’s Day!
If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, don’t despair. Whether you haven’t found the right person or if you just don’t feel like going out, there are plenty of fun things to do at home that will make you happy. Here are seven ideas to get your groove back, whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Single Awareness Day, or whatever another name this holiday goes by in your neck of the woods.
1) Think of Your Preferences
Everyone has different preferences when it comes to dating. Some may want a traditional date like dinner and a movie, while others prefer more casual activities like dinner at home or a hike in nature. Take some time today and write down all of your must-have preferences for finding a romantic partner. Having these preferences clearly defined can help you narrow down who you’re interested in dating and attract people who are compatible with you.
2) Take Advantage of Dating Apps
Some people don’t have time to hunt for prospects on social media. There’s nothing wrong with dating apps like Tinder or Bumble—they don’t have to be time-consuming. Just swipe right if you see someone attractive. If they do likewise, initiate a conversation through messaging services such as Messenger or WhatsApp. It can also be the easiest way to find someone who matches your preference.
3) Meet People at Parties
One of my favorite sayings is, You can’t be lonely if you make your own company. Instead of viewing gatherings as a chance to find a date, go with an attitude that meets new people and has fun. You might meet someone interesting, but even if you don’t, you’ll have some pleasant memories from a great night out. Who knows? You might not even feel so bad about having no date come to Valentine’s Day.
4) Try Matchmaking
If you’re feeling lonely on February 14th, consider checking out a matchmaking service. Rather than trying to find love with other singles, matchmakers will help you narrow down your search so that you’re matched with someone who truly matches what you want in a significant other. Matchmaking is also a great way to cut through the nonsense and learn more about what kind of person will be right for you. If you wish to try it out, matchmakers in your area are excellent options, and they tend to work better since there’s already an established social circle where they can introduce you.
5) Ask Family to Set You Up
While not always successful, asking family members or close friends to set you up with their single friends is a great way to start meeting people. If they have similar interests and values as you, they’re more likely to know someone who would be a good match for you. If they happen to set you up with someone who sparks an interest, that person might end up being The One!
6) Approach Them — Not in A Creepy Way!
The chance of getting rejected by a total stranger is highly possible, they might see it as totally creepy too! Plus, you’ll be on the lookout for your safety if you choose someone you just saw walking on the street. Maybe opt for the person you’ve often been seeing at the gym, or the worker in the coffee shop you always go to. They have seen you around so many times, and most likely they wouldn’t mind meeting up and going on a V-date, so don’t be shy about asking them out!
7) Ask Your Friends Out
If you’re dateless, it might be time to ask a friend. Sure, they may not be The One, but you can have a great time with friends without feeling pressured. Just make sure that you’re honest about where things stand and don’t lead them on for too long. This is true whether you see each other as strictly platonic or otherwise.
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to meet someone new. But there are certain things you can do that make it a lot easier. Don’t feel like you have to meet someone just because of one day — if being alone sounds better than going through all of these efforts, then go ahead and relax with your favorite show! Not everyone is looking for a relationship; it might surprise you how many people enjoy their single life. Remember, love is worth waiting for.