Monday, February 13, 2017

3 Simple Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Friends

Women eating dinner
When you think about Valentine’s Day, what comes to mind? Chocolates, roses and candlelit dinners probably round out your list. While traditionally this holiday is a celebration of the romantic relationships in your life, at the core, it’s really all about celebrating loving relationships, which can take many different forms.

Given that, why not take this holiday to honor the good friends and family members in your life who show up for you during the good (and not so good) times? And, this is an especially great idea if you recently graduated from rehab. (Most addiction specialists recommend that you wait at least once year before pursuing new romantic relationships.)

If you’ve just started a new life of sobriety, you don’t have to feel left out on Valentine’s Day. You can still celebrate this holiday by taking the time to show your loved ones just how much you care. 

Here are a few ways you can celebrate this Valentine’s Day! Share the love and show your love!

(1) Spend the night learning something new!
It’s always fun to try something new and it’s even more enjoyable when you can do just that with your friends by your side. Sign up as a group to attend a yoga class you haven’t tried yet or get involved with a local cooking class.

(2) Give back to your community.
Have you thought about volunteering lately? Chances are, your friends have too. Take the initiative and invite your friend group to join you. Instead of spending the day showing just one person how much you love them, spread the joy around to your entire community. Consult some local volunteer groups in your area to learn which groups need some extra help.

(3) Host a Valentine’s Day potluck dinner!
Instead of spending the evening at a crowded restaurant, why not invite friends to join you for a casual dinner at your place instead? To keep things simple, just make it a pot-luck dinner and ask everyone to bring a home-cooked dish. And, to make it an extra special event – you can ask everyone to share their favorite story about another friend attending the get-together!

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