Singles Awareness Day is commemorated on February 15 every year. So, if you’re single and totally despise Valentine’s Day in all of its commercial glory, this is the perfect holiday for you.
Initially, Valentine’s Day became a SAD (Singles Awareness Day) day for people without significant others, so they decided to revolt and take that acronym back. They chose empowerment and self-love instead of indulging in a self-loathing soiree.
In the words of pop sensation, Lizzo, “True love finally happens when you’re by yourself.” Singles Awareness Day is now celebrated by loving and caring for yourself!
Singles Awareness Day 2021: History & Significance
Like all great movements, Singles Awareness Day was created from feelings of isolation. Around 2001, Dustin Barnes decided to create a day for his group of friends to enjoy their singleness rather than drown in their sorrows. This group of high school boys not only chose February 15 as a protest of Valentine’s Day but also realized they could score candy and love-themed items at a huge discount. What’s better than such a delicious treat? 50% off of chocolates and truffles, of course.
Dustin carried the tradition from his high school on to Mississippi State University, where this holiday gained popularity. Singles Awareness Day was legitimately copyrighted in 2005 and continued to grow from there. Considering that almost half of the U.S. population is single, according to census results, it’s no surprise that this day became so popular. College students began celebrating the day with their single friends by exchanging gifts, throwing parties, and going on friend dates.
Singles day doesn’t constitute that you will remain single in your lifetime. Ultimately, Dustin found a singles church group where he met his wife. By celebrating Singles Awareness Day, you could potentially meet your future spouse. You never know!
Isolation is the major cause of depression and therefore to curb this feeling among several people, singles day is created, as of now people don’t need to wait for their significant other to celebrate the day with joyous friends, they can now dedicate this day to their friends.
What can you do to make this year’s singles day worth remembering?
Practise self care
Is self-care watching “the Notebook” in your apartments with a carton of Haagen Dazs? Is it a spa day, shopping spree, or solo dinner? Whatever self-care looks like for you, do it! The world is yours.
Take a solo trip
Solo travel is an impeccable way to boost confidence. The journey is one of self-discovery and self-awareness. It creates opportunities for experiences you may have otherwise overlooked, and it allows you to meet new people in a whole new way. Point to a destination on a map and pack a bag.
Attend a speed dating event
Let’s face it. You were tired of swiping your way through Tinder and Bumble anyway. Get off the couch and go meet new people the old school way — in person.