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The Affect Valentine’s Day Has on People

the true meaning of valentine’s day

Valentine’s Day, celebrated annually on February 14th, is often associated with expressions of love, affection, and romance. While some eagerly anticipate this day to shower their loved ones with gifts and gestures, others may find themselves navigating a range of emotions, from joy and contentment to loneliness and anxiety.

The effects of Valentine’s Day on individuals are multifaceted, influenced by personal experiences, societal expectations, and cultural norms.

For many, Valentine’s Day serves as a poignant reminder of their relationship status. Those in happy, fulfilling relationships may feel an increased sense of connection as they exchange gifts, share romantic dinners, or partake in special activities.

Conversely, individuals who are single or experiencing relationship difficulties may grapple with feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, or longing for companionship. The emphasis on romantic love during this time can amplify emotions, leading to both highs and lows.

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The commercialization of Valentine’s Day perpetuates societal expectations and norms surrounding romance and relationships. Advertisements, social media, and cultural narratives often depict idealized versions of love, portraying extravagant gestures and lavish gifts as the ultimate expressions of affection. 

This can create pressure for individuals to conform to these standards. This leads 

to feelings of stress, insecurity, or disappointment if their experiences do not align with societal ideals. The fear of being judged or excluded can also contribute to heightened anxiety during this time.

Despite its focus on external expressions of love, Valentine’s Day can also prompt individuals to engage in introspection and self-care. For some, it serves as an opportunity to reflect on their values, priorities, and aspirations in relationships. This may involve cultivating self-love, practicing gratitude, or setting boundaries to prioritize personal well-being.

Engaging in activities that foster self-care, such as spending time with friends, pursuing hobbies, or practicing mindfulness, can help mitigate feelings of loneliness and enhance overall emotional resilience.

It’s important to recognize that Valentine’s Day does not solely revolve around romantic partnerships. Many individuals choose to celebrate the day by expressing ap

preciation for various forms of love, including platonic, familial, and self-love. 

Embracing alternative perspectives allows for greater inclusivity and acknowledges the diverse ways in which people experience and express love beyond traditional romantic relationships.

In conclusion, the effects of Valentine’s Day on individuals are complex and varied, influenced by a combination of personal experiences, societal pressures, and cultural influences.

 While it can be a time of joy and connection for some, it may also evoke feelings of loneliness or anxiety for others. By promoting self-reflection, self-care, and alternative perspectives, individuals can navigate Valentine’s Day with greater resilience and authenticity, regardless of their relationship status. 

Ultimately, the true essence of this holiday lies in celebrating love in all its forms, fostering connections, and nurturing meaningful relationships, both with others and with oneself.

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Kaylee Sumner
Kaylee Sumner, Reporter
Kaylee is a freshman at Arapahoe and this is her first year as a member of The Herald. In her free time she likes to draw, read, and hang out with her friends. She has 5 siblings, all older than her. Kaylee also has a job at Corner Bakery that she enjoys doing. She is very interested in photography and the year ahead of her.

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