Yes, that special day for lovers is upon us. When Hallmark, Whitman and FTD stocks soar. The day where we all panic at the drugstore on our way home from work and take a moment from our busy, stress-filled lives to show that someone special we care — extra care — about them.
With all its good intentions is Valentines Day really good for the heart? Or does it create just another opportunity to have your expectations blown? Does Valentines Day make you feel especially loved and appreciated, or do you end up head first in a pint of Ben Jerry’s?
Here’s an entertaining piece where the writers toss around the yin and yang of V-Day. It provides both sides of the Valentines argument – and, as usual, I find myself agreeing with both. What else is new, I’m commonly conflicted.
The Pros and Cons Of Valentines Day - By Lisa Kadane and Shelley Boettcher, Canwest News Service:
“What bothers me most about Valentine’s Day is the expectation of an expensive present or dinner out on a Hallmark Holiday, as if money expenditure equals love. It’s a tax for the guilty-hearted. That’s the main reason I hate heart day, and here are some more…”
Check out the entire article, here.
Here’s my own idea of how to get a healthy perspective on the big day. Love yourself!
- Send yourself some flowers. Or, better yet, if you live where flowers can still be plucked, go out and pick yourself a bunch.
- Set up your bathroom like you’re expecting ‘company’, but forget the company and indulge yourself in bubbles, bubbly, candles, music, and your favorite fashion magazine.
- Call your mother and tell her you love her. She’s probably suffering too.