But that's where they're wrong - they ARE loved. They've just fallen into the trap of believing their self worth is directly tied to their relationship status.
Loneliness can bring you down, but take heart in a quote from someone I'm not sure of, told to me by someone I can't remember: "Just because I'm alone, doesn't mean I'm lonely." It's a good one.
Although it sounds appealing (and devilish), being the Valentine's Day grinch isn't the right approach. Just because you don't agree with the commercial aspects and your day won't turn out like a Hollywood rom-com script, doesn't mean you have to put a wet blanket over the fiery love of others.
Love is universal and is not reserved solely for lovers, even on Valentine's Day. Numerous studies have proven that platonic, non-romantic friendships can be just as rewarding as romantic relationships and can do wonders for your mental health.
So if you're single and lonely, knowing that there are people just like you feeling the same things, why not go out of your way to spread the love in other (free!) ways? Making a person's day is not as hard as you think. Here are some simple things you can do to strengthen relationships with anyone:
- Engage in small talk and show a genuine interest in the life of someone around you.
- Give someone a hug. Hugs are awesome.
- Write a thank you note to someone who's done something nice for you lately. No one's done anything nice? Write a note thanking them for being in your life.
- Compliments are free - use them! Tell the woman at the water cooler her hair looks nice today, or tell your mate you really like his shoes. Simple as that.
If all else fails and you're still feeling down, remember: it's one day. Don't let a day define you or your emotions. Go home, crack open a beer and put Stephen Still's classic song 'Love The One You're With' on repeat: "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with".