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A Good Day to do Something You Love

As a single person, Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that much to me, and this year, it might not mean much to lots of people due to the pandemic. But if you can’t be with those you love, or you don’t have a romantic partner, here’s another suggestion.

Do something you love.

For some of us, this isn’t always easy to do. Like many, whenever I start doing something that has no “value” – i.e., it’s not producing income or doing something for others – I start to feel a little guilty.

Maybe this happens to you, too. Maybe you put off doing what you love because you feel like you “should” be doing something more productive (whatever that means).

But have you ever noticed that when you do this, you start feeling antsy? Or you feel like something is missing, that you’re not satisfied, that you want a change?

Those feelings don’t necessarily mean that you need to re-evaluate your whole life or make a radical change. They could simply mean that you’re not giving yourself the care and attention that you deserve.

But Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to change that. After all, it’s a holiday about celebrating love, and that includes loving yourself.

So think about something that you’ve been wanting to do for a while but have been putting off because it never seems like the right time. Depending on your situation, you may not be able to spend a lot of time on this, or you might be able to enjoy most of the day doing what you love.

Maybe you want to read a chapter of a book, or even the whole book (and it doesn’t matter if it’s an award-winning novel or beach reading). Maybe you want to make or order a meal that you don’t have very often. Maybe you want to binge-watch a show you’ve been hearing a lot about. Or maybe you want to get back to doing some yoga.

Whatever it is, try to make at least a little time today to do that without feeling like you “should” be doing something else.

If you do, you might be surprised at how much better you feel afterward, and you’ll be able to focus more on the rest of your life.


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