5 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day, unfortunately, tends to be more about selling greeting cards than about the genuine expression of heartfelt love. But we all hold the power to make the holiday whatever we want it to be, so this year, think outside the box and celebrate in a way that feels right to you.

1. Spread the love.

Love doesn’t have to be of the romantic variety. Maybe this is the perfect year to gather a group of your favorite girlfriends for a girl’s night in. Quality time spent together is one of the best ways to say “I love you” to all the people who really matter in your life — not just your significant other.

2. Help those in need.

Skip the fancy, overpriced meal this Valentine’s Day and, instead, volunteer to make the world a better place. Need ideas? Check out The Huffington Post’s round-up of Valentine’s Day Ideas: 7 Volunteer Dates.

3. Support your national parks.

The National Parks Foundation has developed an “I ‘heart’ parks” line of apparel, which makes a unique gift for the nature enthusiast. In addition, they’ve also compiled a list of romantic national park getaways — perfect if you’re looking for a bit of outdoor Valentine adventure.

4. Protect your heart health.

February is American Heart Month, so celebrate this Valentine’s Day by protecting yours. Take this opportunity to have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked, and make a commitment to a heart-healthy diet and regular exercise.

5. Commit random acts of kindness.

Did you know that Valentine’s Day falls during Random Acts of Kindness Week? Even small, random acts of kindness can be acts of love, and they have the power to brighten days — and sometimes even change lives.

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