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Unhappy Valentine’s Day?

How ironic that Valentine’s Day which is supposed to inspire romantic love stresses people out. First, there are the single people who feel less than… Second there are those who have recently broken up or divorced. Third there are those who feel pressured to prematurely propel their relationship to the next level to meet Valentine’s Day criteria. Fourth there are those who are spooked by the symbolism of Valentine’s Day and break up a budding relationship. Fifth there are many committed people who are disappointed with their gifts/experiences and feel angry: “This last minute cheap box of chocolates - is this what he thinks of me?” “No rose petals on the bed?” “Not tonight, I have a headache.”

Good News
Romance need not be obligatory or costly. It does not even require a partner. You can have a romance with life; you can court possibility. Love life and it will return your love. Step back to see the bigger picture of your life - what you already hold in your heart. Manage your Valentine’s Day misery with a small change in internal perception. Go triple A: Avoid the hype. Alter your life story. Act towards others the way you want them to act towards you.

Here are 11 strategies to warm your heart:
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