Some people find Valentine's Day annoying. And, no, it's not just single people who may feel this way.
Like other holidays, Valentine's Day has become known as a consumer trap. Some people feel duped into buying a gift to prove their love for someone, or to fit in at the office or with friends they find far too sentimental.
Fear of not measuring up, or of not meeting someone's high expectations, can lead to incredible dread.
There's also the annoyance of politically-charged groups and other organizations urging us to show our love for certain causes on Valentine's Day. It's this type of spin on a day for celebrating romantic love that can make the whole thing seem pointless.
It's Only One Day
Valentine's Day is just that - one day out of the year. And if there's no way to escape the company of other people on this day, it may be necessary to equip yourself with some coping skills.
Fortunately, etiquette, emotional clarity, and a little organization, can help you get through it:
Show Some Love
It's okay if Valentine's Day isn't your thing. It's even okay if you let the people closest to you know this. After all, you need to be you.
But understand that if your someone special loves Valentine's Day, a little compromise will make him or her feel even more appreciated by you.
And if you're single, there's nothing better than taking this day to show a little love to yourself by indulging in something that will make you feel special.