5 Ways to Make Someone’s Day on Valentine’s Day

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Use one of these ideas to help someone have an awesome Valentine's Day.  Graphice by Krzysztof (Kriss) Szkurlatowski.

Use one of these ideas to help someone have an awesome Valentine’s Day. Graphic by Krzysztof Szkurlatowski.

Valentines Day and even the whole week is so hard for some. It can be hard whether you are in a relationship or not. For many people there is rejection baggage connected to this festive day.

At this post I told how I got over some majour Valentine’s Day heart ache. I shared how I made this formerly HARD holiday not so hard. At this post I shared 20 Ways I Handled My Breaking Heart (from divorce).

Because my healing has in large part been the result of actions and words from others, I want to write about how I (we) can make someone’s day this Valentine’s Day. This will impact their week and maybe even life.

I was inspired by this post.

Usually dejected folks fill this day with tear-jerker  movies, chocolate and other mood-altering foods, and of course moaning and groaning. Let’s do something different!!!

Here are my 5 Ways to Make Someone’s Day

ONE. Be hospitable. Invite a friend or more over for a meal. Serve comfort food, have a potluck, or offer an array of cheese, crackers, and fruit. Eating with others can be the best tonic for a sad heart. Add some conversation and a game or two and you have a recipe for a heart-warming evening.

Read posts I’ve written about hospitality. (1)  3 Ways to Encourage Others Year Round (2) Hospitality Field Trip Refreshes and Teaches

TWO. Tackle a huge project together. There is a sense of awe and gratitude when something BIG is DONE. You also have great memories of working together and feelings of satisfaction.

Ideas include:

  • a room makeover – even something like painting the walls is so mood-altering in a good and lasting way.
  • Enter a valentine Run. Here is one in my area.
  • Declutter a room or boxes of photos.
  • Spend a day volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Here is the link for Sacramento. 

Read about this project I did with others . . .  CNC Sewing Project.

THREE. Be Silly. This day is normally seen as a romantic day full of serious talk about commitment, compliments, and gifts. But when it is a rotic day (romantic without the man), there is no romance. So why not make it a meaningful and silly day.

  • Indulge in a secret persona. Wear fake mustaches or fake tattoos. Dress up as a super hero and go to lunch. Last year I had a sparkly unicorn painted on my cheek at a child’s tea party. Do you know that NO ONE said anything as I did my errands that day? NO ONE! But I felt silly and light-hearted.
  • Watch I Love Lucy reruns. Laugh at the silly antics.
  • Play with bubbles. Make a gigantic wand. Get coloured or scented bubbles. Go to this Pinterest board for a BUNCH of ideas. Or this one has good ideas too.
  • Give a bouquet to your friend, but not one of flowers. How about a bouquet of nail polish, tools, glow sticks, or balloons. The Dollar Store is a great resource for finding balloons and unusual items. Kids (of all ages) enjoy these. NOTE: Is it harmful if you breathe some of the helium and talk in a Donald Duck voice? It certainly is silly.
  • How about soaking each other in silly string? It’s called silly for a reason.

Read this silly post . . . 5 Silly Reasons for Gratitude.

Read other posts I’ve written about laughter. (1) Laughter Has My Gratitude (2) Laughter Quiz (3) How to Be Happy, Healthy and Holy

FOUR. Do Random Acts of Kindess (RAK’s) together. Lots of folks do RAK’s as part of their birthday celebration or during a holiday season. How about doing this on Valentine’s Day? Getting out of our own life and comfort zone into the life of someone else is a sure antidote to the blues. And it sure encourages others.

Here are lots of IDEAS for RAK’s at my Pinterest board.

NOTE: Wouldn’t it be fun to put a page like this in a public restroom or on a public bulletin board? I got the idea from here.   

Read this post I’ve written about RAK’s: Pay It Forward – New Theme for the 12 Days of Christmas.

FIVE. Have a mini worship service. Plan out a time of prayer, singing, and praise. You could even listen to a podcast. Share what you most appreciate about God and ways you’ve seen His faithfulness in the last year. Light lots of candles. Be sure to have some yummy food. Food and fellowship always go together, right?

Read this post about worship . . . Two Results of Proper WORSHIP & How to Experience It.

Your Turn . . . What will you do this Valentine’s Day to cheer up someone?  . . . Share something that has helped make this day not so hard for you.

Related Internet Post . . . How a Table for Two Becomes a Table for Many

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  • 1. Tara  |  . at .

    Love these ideas! Being a single gal I have always thought of VDay as Single Awareness Day but I think your ideas will help me change how I see Vday. Looking forward to trying some of your silly ideas! 🙂

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  • 2. Anita Ojeda  |  . at .

    What a wonderful plethora of ideas! I’ve never really done anything to celebrate/not celebrate Valentine’s day (it was never a big deal growing up and now as an adult I tend to ignore most ‘Hallmark’ type holidays. Occasionally I’ll do something nice for my husband or daughters–but I prefer to show them how much I love them year round ;). But I’ve never thought about reaching out to someone else on this day who might not feel the same way I do! Thanks for the nudge!

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  • 3. Lynette  |  . at .

    Long before I ever met my husband and started receiving flowers, Valentine gifts, etc. my first memories of Valentine belong to my Mom. On Valentine’s Day, at supper, she would place a little gift on each of our plates. A heart shape box with a few candies, maybe a little girls trinket (jewelry). I also recall pretty cards with words underlined and “Mom and Dad” written below the card script. My folks were my first Valentines and their tokens on our plates continued with my son. Of course after I met my husband Valentine’s took on a new meaning. But it’s the childhood memories that have stayed with me. Simple sweet little cardboard gift boxes with candy, an expression of parent love.

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