5 Unexpected Ways to Celebrate Love This Valentine’s Day
What is love? (Nope, not a Night at the Roxbury reference—a genuine question!) While we often have grandiose ideas of what love looks like, especially around Valentine’s Day, it’s important to remember what real love is. From all the ways you take care of yourself to the ways you connect with those most important to you, love comes in many different forms.
So if you’re looking for an alternative to the typical dinner and a movie Valentine’s Day celebration, we’ve got a few unexpected ideas…
1. Make the Day All About You
You know what they say: You can’t really pour into others unless your own cup is full first. So if you want to show up for those you love as the best version of yourself, it’s important to start with a little guilt-free self love. What does that look like? It could be a day at the spa, a few hours of quiet to yourself, or taking yourself on your dream date. Don’t feel bad ditching your S.O.—time just for you will benefit them, too!
2. Try Something New
Being stuck in a routine can feel less than romantic, but shaking it up can work wonders. By trying something new, you not only change your perspective and get you out of your comfort zone, you also set you and your friends or partner up for some serious bonding by experiencing it together. Don’t worry, you don’t have to climb a mountain. You could really just pick a different genre of Netflix than your usual, or choose a new restaurant to try.
3. Check In & Set Intentions
When it comes to real love, actions speak louder than words. While it’s super easy to say “I love you” and move on, it’s a lot harder to put it into practice. Whether you’re flying solo this Valentine’s Day, or spending it with others, take a few minutes to check in on the relationship. It might feel awkward at first, but going in with some pointed questions, like “How can I show up better for you in our day-to-day lives?” or “What are some tangible ways I can make your days better?” will help the conversation feel more effortless—and impactful.
4. Learn Your Love Language
Love languages are super buzzy right now, but there’s a bit of science behind the trend. Our love languages are the ways we like to both receive and express love—and knowing yours can help set you up for better connection in all your relationships. The options? Words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch, acts of service, and receiving gifts. But really research it—your own love languages may surprise you!
5. Put It Into Action
Once you know your love language, there’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than putting it into practice. Instead of shrugging an indifferent “IDK” when the thought of making plans arises, consult your love language. If acts of service will make you feel the love, plan to volunteer. If you’re more about words of affirmation, consider heading somewhere where conversation can happen easily. And if physical touch is your thing, well, you know what to do. Need a hand? Mating Season’s got you covered.