For centuries, February 14 has been filled with love and romance. Valentine’s Day has become a holiday of the colors red and pink, hearts, cupid, roses and chocolates. While no one knows for sure the story behind the holiday (there are a couple possible stories), countries across the globe have embraced it as a holiday of love.
Just because you don’t have a husband or wife, or a boyfriend or girlfriend, doesn’t mean Valentine’s Day is of no use to you. If Valentine’s Day is about love, there are lots of ways to spread love to others in a non-romantic way.
Here are some random acts of kindness you can do on Valentine’s Day to spread love to those around you:
Pick up the Tab
When you’re in the drive-thru of your favorite coffee shop or fast food restaurant, pay for the person in the vehicle behind you. Can you imagine how much it would make your day to pull up to the drive-thru window and find out your latte was already paid for? It might even feel better to know you made someone’s day!
Collect the Carts
Valentine’s Day is in February, and in most places it’s going to be cold. The workers gathering shopping carts in the parking lot of grocery stores don’t like being in the freezing cold anymore than you do. Grab a few friends and gather all the shopping carts in a parking lot and return them to the store. Someone will surely appreciate the help.
Cookies for Co-Workers
Instead of announcing to everyone that you’ve brought in some delicious homemade cookies, get to work early and leave the cookies where everyone will see them, along with a note that says, “Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy!” Act as though you don’t know who brought them in either. Afterall, many random acts of kindness brighten other people’s days without receiving any praise in return.
Shovel the Snow
If there happens to be a snow shower the night before Valentine’s Day (it’s highly possible in most parts of the country!), get up early and shovel the driveway or walkway of your neighbors. If you live in an apartment complex, brush the snow off of some cars in the parking lot.
Because of confidentiality laws, it might be hard to get into a homeless shelter, children’s hospital or nursing home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do a random act of kindness for the people inside. Drop off some Valentines or personalized candy bars just to let them know that someone is thinking of them on Valentine’s Day.
Give More of Yourself
You may never know where your blood or organs end up, but one of the greatest things you can do is help save someone’s life. Find a place to donate blood on Valentine’s Day, or sign up to be an organ donor if you aren’t one yet.
Exercise Your Patience
At the bank, pharmacy, grocery store… anywhere you wait in line, let someone go in front of you. It’s not only a sweet thing to do on Valentine’s Day, but it will help test your own patience. Sometimes it’s better to let someone else go ahead of you.
If you’re single, there’s a good chance you have some friends that aren’t looking forward to spending the evening alone either. Don’t ignore the fact that it’s Valentine’s Day, embrace it! Valentine’s Day is about love, and you love your friends, don’t you? Decorate your home in reds and pinks, hang swirl decorations from the ceiling, and plan for a night of eating and drinking with your single pals.
Sometimes something as simple as a smile will change someone’s entire day. Make it a point to smile at everyone you see on Valentine’s Day. You’ll have no idea the impact it might have on lots and lots of people.
What’s great about these random acts of kindness is that most of them can be done on any day of the year. Every day is a great day for a random act of kindness!