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Dear Charlie - February 11, 2023

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

Dear Charlie is an advice column that allows readers to ask Charlie for guidance on how to deal with problems. Whether it’s about love, friendships, or frustrations, Charlie is here to give you tips and ideas for tackling life’s everyday challenges. Readers can ask Charlie for advice through DM via our Instagram @liubknews, or anonymously through this form.


It’s that time of the year again, where we see couples serenade each other in public and love just seems to fill the air. Some people will be preparing their roses and boxes of sweets to give to their significant others.

But, what about the single people out there? How are they supposed to celebrate a day all about the love between people? Well, there are a couple of ideas we can do.

Spend the Day with Friends

Valentine’s day is the day of love, so why not celebrate this day with a bunch of your friends? While some people might not believe it, friends can be valentines as well.

You can be as serious as you want with it or give your friends a good laugh with a bear and heart shaped chocolates.

The best part of all of this? You guys aren’t a couple so there’s no added pressure to their gift because something is better than nothing, especially on a holiday full of love.

Watch a Romantic Movie or Listen to Music

Are all your friends busy? Or not in the same state or country as you? That’s ok because when in doubt, just put on a bunch of your favorite romance movies.

I’m talking about those romance movies that have you rooting for the two main characters to get together and work through their differences.

Not into the lovey dovey stuff? Then rom-coms are perfect for that kind of love story while also making you have a good laugh in the end.

What about if you’re just really set on not seeing a love story? Well, maybe La La Land will be perfect for craving a love story gone wrong. Warning though, this movie may have you in tears.

If movies aren’t your thing, listening to music could also help distract you from the day’s antics. Spend the day making a playlist of all your favorite love songs or songs that make you feel like you could set the world on fire.

Let’s be honest, if you haven’t felt like setting the world on fire for at least one year on Valentine’s day, where have you been and what's your secret?

Do All Your Favorite Things

Another good way to spend your Valentine’s day is by doing all your favorite things. Think of it as a day to yourself.

Go to your favorite restaurant, order your favorite foods and indulge in your favorite snacks. Find your favorite movie or song and get ready to relax knowing that you’re about to have an hour and thirty minutes watching that movie for the hundredth time.

Host a singles only party even. Get all your single friends together and eat those heart- shaped candies while discussing your love lives and catching up with each other.

Have a Self-Care Day

If you don’t want to go anywhere or see your friend, then the best thing to do is take a self-care day. Write in your journal about your feelings, or start on something that you always wanted to do, but never had the time.

Valentine’s day isn’t always about appreciating someone else, you can learn to appreciate yourself and work on self love.

Self love is just as important as loving someone else, because if you can’t learn to love what’s already there within you, how can you expect someone to love you?

These are just a few ideas to spend your Valentine’s day from this year, to every other year where you’re single. Whether you spend it by yourself or with friends who love you for you, just know that Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be your typical day of going out and seeing couples cuddled up.

There is more than one way that single people can enjoy this day.

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