Why Valentine’s Day Strengthens Relationships

Synthia Stark


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Whether you love it or not, Valentine’s Day is here to stay, forever and ever. Even if you hate the corporate sales associated with the holiday, you can still appreciate your partner on this wonderful occasion.

Since Roman times, Valentine’s Day has been celebrated in many different ways. Even today, you might have your own rituals and hobbies that you do that are different from everyone else.

Maybe you might consider:

  • Buying the partner some sweets
  • Presenting the partner with flowers or trinkets 
  • Giving each other a back and foot massage
  • Having a wonderful time in the bedroom

Either way, it’s good to have a day to appreciate your partner and for your partner to appreciate you. Valentine’s Day is just something that is so ingrained in our daily lives.

Even if the world has made it to mean one thing, the true definition of Valentine’s Day is up to you and your partner. Maybe it’s just a day to unwind and relax — and that’s okay.

Everyone is different and has different wavelengths. Try to match the wavelength of your partner. 

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Gifts aren’t the only part of the occasion. I mean, sure, we could indulge ourselves and entertain consumerism by buying all sorts of swanky gifts and trinkets. And sure, you’ve likely had to spend many dollars to satisfy your partner, but it’s not the gifts we’re celebrating.

I mean, if you’re into that, go ahead — some of us love gifts and some of us don’t. 

For Valentine’s Day especially, you have the perfect excuse to celebrate the relationship that you currently have. Don’t take it for granted since we have one life to live and we don’t know how long we might even be in this world.

Even if you’re tight on money, you can be creative and come up with something that makes the partner appreciate you. It can be a sentimental gesture — which is something you might already be doing each day. 

Your partner is a long-term emotional investment and you love them — so you need to do what you can to show them that you are there for them in the long haul. Hopefully, they will do the same for you.

Yes, gift-giving and gift-exchanging are societal constructs, but who cares about what the other people think. Think about you and your partner.

Maybe you can do the following instead:

  • Draw and make some nice art 
  • Bake a nice cake 
  • Cook a great lasagna dinner 
  • Watch a romantic movie 
  • Great a giant indoor fort 
  • Make cards and trinkets

….and there’s a lot more to brainstorm.

I mean, there is no such thing as the perfect gift or perfect gesture. We want what is best for our partner, but material constructs are just objects. We have to give our partners what they like and what we like. We compromise with partners. The partner will treat you with respect too.

So, to put it quite frankly: explore what you both like. Maybe you both have a fave TV show or toy. Maybe they’ve always wanted to try a new recipe. Maybe you can both learn dance moves. The possibilities are endless, especially if you’re running out of ideas on what to do.

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Let those creative imagination powers flow. With attention, we can make the most out of Valentine’s Day. What counts is the intent and actions we do on this special occasion.

Basically, Valentine’s Day strengthens relationships because it shows that anyone, including you and the partner, can be creative when it comes to enhancing your relationship. Overall, here’s to hoping that you have a wonderful time. 

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