Seeking Happiness from Others

Valentine’s Day was a couple days ago, and I thought about this silly picture I took last year. I’ve been single for quite a bit of my life, but it’s never really “bothered” me. If anything, I like to poke fun at myself and my singleness as such.

I notice around Valentine’s Day some people start to feel down because they are single. And I can empathize with that. It can feel discouraging to be a part of a popular holiday that’s typically seen as for couples. It can provide some feelings of inferiority.

Let me offer you another perspective.

Apart from being an amazing marketable day for businesses, this holiday like many others is a reminder to cherish the people we have in our lives. As Thanksgiving can be seen as a time for gathering with families, Valentine’s Day can be seen as a time for couples. But the meanings are subjective, and there isn’t a limit on how you can define these days.

Personally I see Valentine’s Day as a day to remind myself to give more love. And yes, one of the greatest gifts you can give is being more loving to yourself.

Being in a relationship or having a significant other doesn’t mean you are going to be happier. Having a boyfriend or girlfriend doesn’t mean you are going to feel more fulfilled in your life. Your true happiness has to come from within, not be dependent on other people. Because the only person you’ll be with for 100% of your life is yourself. 

Author: Donald "Nugget" Arteaga

Living to transcend labels, to share my insights, to inspire others to move past the generalizations and stereotypes of society. Was diagnosed with autism, but autism doesn't have me! <3

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