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Valentine’s Day not a couple’s holiday, student says

Submitted by Javari Burnett on February 12, 2014 – 3:52 pm2 Comments

Illustration by Logan Sturgill

Cards. Bears. Candy. Every fourteenth of February, places across the world gather up sweet treats, bouquets of flowers and extravagant gifts to be exchanged between loved ones in the name of St. Valentine. However, Valentine’s Day is a special day to be shared between two individuals that love one another, regardless of their relationship status.

The month of February has been long celebrated as the month of passion and romance, and we are constantly reminded of this through advertisements. According to, approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

We tend to forget that everyone does not have a significant other with whom to share Feb. 14. So where does this leave the ones who missed Cupid’s arrow?

Being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you lay in your own bed of tears and sorrows; you can still enjoy yourself. There are many alternate ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day besides doing things the traditional way.

On Feb.13, UALR’s Trojan Spirit Committee will be handing out Valentine’s Day cards to students. There will be decorative materials there for students to add their own creative touches to their cards.

If you still end up without any plans, visit for more ideas on how to spend your day. Walk downtown, go to the River Market, or head to the spa for a day of relaxation.

Sophomore biology major Qkeyoree Miller assures singles that their day can still be filled with love.

“I’m going to shower my own self with gifts and appreciate those who love me,” Miller said.

“Alter your Valentine’s Day and make it about self-love,” he advised singles.

Alternate ways to enjoy your day include spending time with those you love and celebrating yourself. Spend time with your friends and your family. See a movie with some friends or eat dinner with some family. But whatever you do, be sure have love around you. You don’t need to be in a romantic relationship to enjoy the holiday.

Remember not to feel sorry for yourself. This will only make your day depressing and dreadful. Instead, turn your frown upside down and be excited for this day which only comes once a year. Also, avoid comparing yourself to other people. Just because someone is in a relationship and has a valentine doesn’t necessarily mean they are happy.

You can also do something nice for someone else. Surprise a friend or loved one with a gift or give back to the community by doing some community service. Even if you’re feeling down, lifting someone else will provide you with a sense of contentment.

Remember, Valentine’s Day isn’t just a couple’s holiday. Even though the day is meant to celebrate romantic relationships, you can easily turn Valentine’s Day into a celebration of any friendship or celebrate the one person who’s always there: yourself.