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Not Your Typical Valentine

Although almost 36 million boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day every year, you don’t need to buy a box of chocolates to spread love this February 14. Forget spending a fortune on roses while trying to make a romantic gesture. Focus on those people who need love the most. Try paying it forward this week or getting in touch with long-lost friends and family.

Pay it forward— Celebrate Valentine’s Day by committing a random act of kindness this week. Do something nice and thoughtful, even if it’s little, for a stranger. Perhaps try paying for the next customer in line at a coffee shop, or send inspiring Valentine’s Day cards to complete strangers from the white pages. Maybe it’s shoveling snow from a neighbor’s sidewalk. Whatever it is, do it with love.

Send a card to a long-lost friend— It is normal to have some great friends get lost in the shuffle of life after high school, college, marriage, kids… it’s hard to keep up with it all. Although you may not have talked to them in years, track down an old friend’s current address and send them a cute Valentine’s Day card. Tell them how much those memories mean to you.

Call your family members— Although we tend to pay attention to our sweethearts for Valentine’s Day, we often neglect the other people we love in our life, too. Call your parents, brother, sister, or perhaps a second cousin. Whoever it is, reach out and tell them how much they mean to you.