5 Things Not to Do on Valentine's Day

Although the legend of St. Valentine has been forgotten, romantics all over the world still enjoy celebrating love on Valentine's Day. Whether you choose to mark the day with gifts and expressions of love or not, there are 5 things NOT to do on Valentine's Day.

1. Don't forget it

If you're in a relationship it's important to at least acknowledge the day. Even if you don't have a romantic bone in your body, chances are that your lover will feel neglected if the day is completely ignored. If you've been in a relationship for a while, you will know your partner's views on Valentine's day, but if your relationship is brand new, take the trouble to find out how they feel about it.

2. Don't take it too seriously

Valentine's day is just another day. You can make it the show-stopper of the year, of course, but sometimes it's nice to just relax into it and have fun.

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3. Don't make your partner feel pressured

If you love the idea of Valentine's day and your partner doesn't, try not to let your high expectations ruin the day. It's your prerogative to give if it makes you feel good, but it's also your partner's prerogative to have their own take on Valentine's day ~ even if it differs from yours.

Try to respect your partner's views. Valentine's day wasn't meant to bring conflict or disappointment, so why make it so? When you operate from a place of love, you get the results you want ~ every day of the year!

4. Don't do what you've always done

Before rushing off to buy a box of chocolates and a dozen red roses, stop and think for a minute. Chocolates and roses are wonderful, but isn't it the easy way out?

Don't do what you have always done on Valentine's day. Ask yourself: If I wanted to make my partner feel truly loved on this day, what would I do to make them feel special? How would I spoil them? What would they need to feel unconditional love? Spend some time working through these questions; then take action.

5. Don't buy into the commercialism of the day

There is a special energy that surrounds Valentine's Day that many romantics bask in. Unfortunately a big part of this energy is commercially driven, which is exactly what gives Valentine's day such a bad name.

You don't even have to leave home to be bombarded by a cache of messages on what to buy and what to do to celebrate the day. 'Buy, buy, buy,' is the message on just about every website and in social media. It's on TV and in every magazine. It screams at you from shop windows.

But think about it… you don't have to spend a lot of money to make your lover feel special. Be creative and set the intention to have fun without paying for it. Sometimes loving attention and quality time spent together is the very best gift!

'Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another's personhood.'
~ Karen Casey

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