02/14/2013 10:19 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Valentine's Alternatives: Options for Couples and Singletons

From Art Beauty Life blog:

"Love isn't something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn't a feeling, it is a practice." ― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

I used to be a Valentine's Day hater. In fact, I might owe you an apology, since I considered those who celebrate it pathetic losers. I am sorry. Now, I acknowledge that any reminder of expression of love has value. And as far as I am concerned, every day should carry the spirit of thanks-giving and loving. Even though I still can't stand most commercial aspects of the Valentine's Day, it has its opportunities.

So I say -- screw red roses, heart-shaped chocolates and synthetic teddy bears. Here are a few alternatives for Valentine's day agenda, whether you're a single or a couple:

Watch "Go on a wild adventure of exploring "The Art of Loving" by a social philosopher Erich Fromm. "Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort." It's a thin book, but I am not at all suggesting you read it in one sitting. Instead read a few pages a day, preferable out loud -- whether to yourself or to your love interest. Savor it.

And lastly (I am warning you that I might not be the most objective judge here), if you don't have time for movies and don't like to read books, I am offering you the best possible Valentine's gift ever and an easy way to put a smile on someone's face or warm their heart. Share love, share this video.

Love is awesome, Love is precious, Love is gay

From Art Beauty Life blog. The original posting: Apologies and alternatives

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