All you’re all aware, today is Valentine’s Day: a mostly Hallmark-promoted holiday that typically revolves around chocolate, codependence, and sappy romantic staples like roses, teddy bears, and a bunch of other gushy girly mush. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for romance. But come on, let’s get creative, y’all.

However, I notice something peculiar on this particular Valentine’s. Throughout the day, I’ve seen considerable more cynicism and complaints about being single and corporate brainwashing than I have actual sentiments of love.

This leads me to a couple of points. The first being, if you’re unhappy that you’re single, apparently so is everyone else. So get over it.

Second, if you’re among this group of naysayers, you’re only giving power to the idea that today is reserved specifically for romantic love.

The way I see it, today is about universal love. The “love is all you need” kind of love. The “what the world needs now is love sweet love” kind of love. Compassion. Empathy. Giving.

Whether you’re single or spending today with a sweetheart, take time to express love to everyone in your life. Smile extra big at your barista. Maybe even tip them! Call a relative you don’t talk to often enough. Tell your friends how grateful you are to have them. Say “I love you!” to someone who rarely hears it or, better yet, someone who’s never heard it from you.

If you don’t have plans for the evening, maybe spend that time writing notes of gratitude to people worthy of appreciation. They’ll be quite surprised when your card arrives a few days after the “day reserved” for sharing love. Or send emails instead. Or, if you really want to be old fashioned, call them on the phone!

And take time to love yourself. Put down the work and the worries, do something you never get to do. Catch up on that arthouse flick everyone’s raving about that you still haven’t seen. Try cooking a challenging recipe. Crack open that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for weeks. One of my personal favorite “me time” activities is a home spa night. Mud mask, mani, a hot shower, and lots of smell good skin care products.

Of course today isn’t the only day to give and practice love, but why not think of it as a great reminder and be proactive about expressing it?

I think we can all recognize (and celebrate!) how magnificent it is that the world, at least for one day, prioritizes love. 

After all, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.