Many singles struggle during Valentine’s Day with feelings of remorse, loneliness, or sadness. However, this doesn’t have to be a sad or awkward time—when you embrace the holiday in the right way, it can be a foundation for building many positive memories with the people you care about, as well as those you are meeting for the first time. Amy Stevens, CEO of a faith-based dating strategy company, offers some heartfelt advice for improving yourself, your dating tactics, and being one step closer to finding love in 2015.
Valentine’s Day can actually be a great time to get to know new people. While many refer to the holiday as “Single Awareness” Day, there are often events or opportunities to interact with those who are also looking for love.
I had a roommate in college who dreaded Valentine’s Day. Every year she would dress in all black, and as she mourned this day of happiness, my other roommate was making cookies to present as gifts to make the day a little brighter for her friends. You have the power to influence the kind of experience you will have.
Asking what someone is doing for the holiday or what their best or most memorable Valentine’s Day was can be an interesting conversation topic. I recommend using your sense of humor as well as being deliberate about coming across as fun-loving and not too serious (or negative). Many situations in life can be either awkward or opportunistic. By simply commenting on the awkwardness with a smile and an expression of something positive, people will notice you and more likely want to be around you. There are plenty of fun stories about people who get together during holidays, so embrace it!