How to have a better Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a day that comes with a lot of expectations! It’s easy to think that everyone is having an exciting, romantic day (or everyone except you) with what we’re used to seeing on TV and in the movies.

And Valentine’s Day can be a great day. A bit of communication goes a long way to help make that happen!

If you’re in a relationship, talk with your significant other about what you’re both hoping for. Is your vision of Valentine’s Day a romantic dinner out? Are you hoping for flowers or a certain kind of gift? Would you prefer to stay in and have a relaxing night at home?

It’s entirely possible that your significant other will want the same thing as you do, but more often than not, he or she has a different idea of what would make for a great Valentine’s Day. And that’s okay! But it’s important to talk about what expectations you both have, because unmet expectations often lead to disappointment and frustration.

By talking about your expectations, you can learn what is important to each other and find a plan for Valentine’s Day that gives both of you the most important parts of what you were hoping for.

But good communication isn’t just for couples on Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re in a relationship or not, you can probably think of some people you know who will be having a difficult Valentine’s Day this year.

Do you have a friend who was recently divorced or separated? A parent or family friend who recently became a widow or widower? A friend who has been single for a long time, even though they would love to be coupled up?

Find ways to make Valentine’s Day better for the people you know who are struggling with it. Send a bouquet or a note. Give them a call and really listen. Invite them to get coffee or drinks with you.

Good communication with all the important people in your life can help make Valentine’s Day a day that really is a celebration of the people you love.

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