As I write, it is almost Valentine's Day once again. The way people feel about Valentine's Day varies greatly. There are those who are deeply in love who have made special plans to celebrate the day. Others are hoping their significant other will surprise them with a special gift or date. Some owners of restaurants, speciality gift shops and romantic bed and breakfast accommodation have been marketing this day since new year and are hoping to make good money from the event. For some people Valentine's Day is depressing and for others it is simply another day of the year with no special significance.
While many view Valentine's Day as a day to show romantic love, there are those who see it more as an opportunity to express their love for family members and friends. American writer, Paul K. Stevens says, "Celebrating Saint Valentine's Day is a time to show how much you love and appreciate everyone - from your friends to your mom!"
An unknown author stated, "On Valentine's day we think of those who make our life worthwhile, Those gracious, friendly people who we think of with a smile."
Now, back to romantic love and quotes showing this response to February 14th.
American actress, Ginnifer Goodwin says, 'I love Valentine's Day! I love it, I love it, I love it. I like having doors opened for me. My favorite romantic comedy is 'When Harry Met Sally.' Here is someone who has a romantic outlook on life and Valentine's Day is an excuse for her to revel in all things decorated in hearts and cupids.
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Some people like to express their romantic feelings in the printed word. Kate Summers writes, 'You are my Valentine because you bring love to my life each and every day.
I love you more each and every day, in every way.'
Catherine Pulsifer expresses her feelings, "As William Shakespeare said, 'A friend is one who knows who you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still gently allows you to grow.' You have been this friend and more! Happy Valentines Day!”
While some people emphasise Valentine's Day as one of romance and a time to show love, there is plenty of advice around encouraging people to put an effort into their relationships all year round.
"The most important day of the year to say 'I love you' is everyday, not just on Valentines Day. In marriage never take the other person for granted. Expressing your love shows your appreciation for the person," says writer Catherine Pulsifer.
Steve Maraboli, behavioural scientist, writer and speaker has a similar view and says, “On Valentine’s Day, we are reminded what our relationships could be like the other 364.”
More advice about true love comes in the words of inspirational writer and poet, Euginia Herlihy, “Friendship, trust, loyal and patience are the crucial ingredients of true love. Happy Valentines Day.”
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The other side of the coin of Valentine's Day is feeling depressed by the reminder that there is no romantic interest in one's life. The following is a quote from the writings of novelist Joan Bauer. “It was February sixth: eight days until Valentine's Day. I was dateless, as usual, deep in the vice grip of unrequited love. It was bad enough not having a boyfriend for New Year's Eve. Now I had to cope with Valentine datelessness, feeling consummate social pressure from every retailer in America who stuck hearts and cupids in their windows by January second to rub it in.” Whether you live in America or another country where Valentine's Day is commercialised you may be able to relate to this from personal experience.
If you are likely to feel depressed on Valentine's day you could get together with another single friend and have a meal together at home or watch a comedy, not a romantic one, together instead of wallowing in self pity alone.
Some don't care much for Valentines Day, feeling neither excited nor sad about February 14th. It's just another day and Jim Gaffigan, a comedian, says, “Without Valentine’s Day, February would be…well, January.”