Valentine’s Day – a day of exchanging flowers, gifts and cards and celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.

But, for many Canadians, there is one thing preventing them from participating in these celebratory acts of love: a date. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself on Valentine’s Day, focus on enjoying being single. You’re free from an unhealthy and loveless relationship and you have the potential to meet your soul mate!

As a single person, you are actually in a position of advantage. Instead of letting Valentine’s day define you, you can define Valentine’s day. Make it about loving yourself! Take the money you would have spent on a date, and treat yourself to a therapeutic massage, rent a movie and binge on snacks all night (all the Valentines candy goes on sale the next day, if you can wait), or enjoy a nice bottle of wine. Be creative and make this night into one of self-indulgence and experimentation!

Another way for a single person to reclaim Valentines day is to focus on other kinds of love. Spend the day with friends, family, and express your own special love for each other. Volunteer at a local charity, hand out Valentines cards to total strangers, visit hospitals – make this day about love of humanity!

Okay, despite all these great ideas, it’s possible you’re still feeling down. You want romance, you want passion, you want companionship. That’s priority number one for you. Understood. Then you’ll be glad to know that you aren’t alone. In fact, over 50% of Canadians are single at any given time (this statistic includes elderly widows and toddlers, but whatever) and the entire week surrounding February 14th just so happens to be the best time of the year for Singles Events! It’s a great time to meet other singles who feel exactly the same as you do during the days leading up to, and including, Valentine’s. Set your love relationship goals and challenge yourself to do new things.