January 24, 2023 by Mike

How to be prepared for Valentine’s Day

How to be prepared for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away. Are you ready? Have you made any plans? I know that it is difficult to get into the mindset of holiday planning when we are still recovering from the intensity of Christmas. But Valentine’s Day is about demonstrating our love. We can show those we love how much they mean to us. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for Valentine’s Day.

Plan special meals.

Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, so maybe you take one day off or finish your work a little earlier. Dinner might be a red-themed meal, such as spaghetti and strawberry dessert. Or you might have a plan for a special night out for you and your love. But make sure to make your reservation early.

Create and share memories.

Memories of you and your partner can bolster the power of so-called “positive reminiscence.” For example, you might reminisce about a party you both attended or a holiday, job, or friend you shared. You might pilgrimage to a meaningful place from your past or flip through a scrapbook or yearbook together. You might listen (or sing along) to a piece of music associated with a particular memory. Researchers have found that mutual reminiscence – sharing memories with others – is accompanied by many positive emotions, such as joy, accomplishment, amusement, contentment, and pride. Interestingly, this appears to be particularly true for older individuals. Indeed, the more time older adults spend reminiscing, the more positive effect and higher morale they report.

Show your love through a scented gift.

It's difficult to pinpoint what makes a scent romantic because it's not only about a garden-fresh peony or sweet vanilla but the feeling you have when you wear it. More challenging still, the way love smells to you can change through the years with new life experiences — which means Valentine’s Day is an appropriate time for a total refresh. This year, you may want a delicate citrus that hints at the thrilling butterflies-in-your-stomach sensation of a new crush. Or there could be some sweet symbolism in a warm, grounded floral, a nod to your long-term relationship. Wherever you currently stand in your personal life, the HATE ME LOVE ME Fragrances are a perfect idea as a V-day gift.

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