Part 4 - Valentine's Day: The Dark Side

Valentine's Day is supposed to be a day of love and happiness, right? WRONG! Many people are unaware that this holiday has a dark side. In this blog post, we will look at some of the downsides of Valentine's Day.

We're only ten days away from Valentine's Day, and I thought it was important to remind you in my blog as soon as possible that Valentine's Day has two sides: the romantic, loving side and the dark side.

We often focus solely on the bright side of this holiday, because our desire is to be loved and to give love - especially on this day. However, some of your friends, coworkers, or neighbors may find this day difficult.

That is why I want to focus on them in today's blog post: on their situations and how we can be there for anyone who needs us in those situations.

Thank you for joining me in reflecting on this side of Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day can be a commercialized holiday that makes people feel bad. Some people cringe at the mention of "Valentine's Day," fearing that they will feel lonely or inadequate on this holiday. It's difficult not to notice the abundance of heart-shaped chocolate boxes and advertisements.

We've already determined that Valentine's Day is a Catholic Church-established holiday.

It was originally observed in honor of Saint Valentine, the patron saint of love and marriage. This holiday has become increasingly commercialized over time, with companies attempting to sell you items such as chocolates or flowers.

One thing hasn't changed: on February 14, thousands of people all over the world will celebrate Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day is a day for lovers, but it can also be depressing for those who are single. According to national mental health associations around the world, February 14 has the highest number of suicides of any day of the year.

It's not about the present. It is all about the thought.

"The worst thing about Valentine's Day is that it makes singles feel guilty," a psychotherapist friend in Zurich told me. "It's a slap in the face to everyone who is lonely out there."

One of the reasons that this day can be so depressing for some people is that our society places such a high value on having a partner. And many of us have certainly experienced this first hand - it's almost like an open secret: society teaches us that being single is bad, so weak personalities may end up feeling like losers.

How can we break the cycle of depression, anxiety, and abuse?

If you're in a relationship and aren't giving someone anything for Valentine's Day, don't make it difficult for them by being difficult.

Don't let Valentine's Day bring you down if you're single. Spend time with your friends and family by going out to dinner or to the movies.

The bottom line is that you should do whatever brings you joy.

Valentine's Day can be especially difficult for people who are in abusive relationships. Domestic violence affects one in every three women and one in every three men in their lifetime, according to statistics. Valentine's Day can be a particularly dangerous time for these victims, as their abusers may become even more violent.

Please reach out to someone you know who is in an abusive relationship and offer your support. Tell them they are not alone and that there are people who care about them.

Valentine's Day is named after a Catholic saint, but it is not a religious holiday. Some people are against Valentine's Day because they believe it is an overly commercialized holiday that makes people feel bad. They may also object to celebrating a single person's birthday while ignoring all other holidays.

We are aware of these facts, but they are easily forgotten. So, to summarize:

Whatever your feelings are about the day, let's try to make it a little better for those who may require assistance.

Thank you for reflecting with me on the dark side of Valentine's Day, and please let us know how you put the conclusion into action.

Are you going to invite someone who isn't expecting a surprise this year?


Your Christian Felix