Valentine's Day not just for couples

Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:05pm EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Valentine's Day isn't just for couples. Instead of feeling depressed and wallowing in self pity, singles should celebrate and enjoy the day, according to a relationship expert.

Forty three percent of U.S. residents over 18 years old, or 95.9 million people are unmarried. And more than 61 percent have never been married, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

So even if a significant other isn't in the picture, singles are not really alone on Valentine's Day.

"Make fun of the assumption that people need to be coupled," said Tony Jurich, a professor of family studies and human services at Kansas State University.

Instead of a solitary binge of chocolates, or bemoaning the lack of flowers or a card, Jurich advises singles to get together at a restaurant to celebrate Valentine's Day, or even throw an Un-Valentine's Day party at home.

"Make light of it, kind of get even a little bit with the assumptions. Celebrate your singleness together," Jurich added.

NOT ALONE AND NOT EVERYWHERE

More than 152 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged on February 14, according Hallmark, which offers 2,000 Valentine's Day cards.

But not all of them will be to spouses and partners. Mothers receive a sizable portion of cards.   Continued...

 
<p>A vendor arranges balloons for Valentine's Day at a shop in Beirut, February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Cynthia Karam</p>