25 Ways to Show Love–With or Without a Valentine!

In Advice and Encouragement, Relationships, Single by Debra Fileta5 Comments

Love is all around.

You don’t need a date to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In fact, the very history of Valentine’s Day is rooted in remembrance of St. Valentine- a man who was known for his love for God, his love for people, and his desire for justice.

Valentine’s Day is not just about romantic love- it’s about love between friends, family, and most importantly, the deep love of God. It’s an opportunity to put all else aside to love and be loved by the people that God has placed in your life.  Feel free to take a break from the roses and chocolates–and check out these creative ways to take advantage of this special day–no matter what your relationship status:

Fill a jar with short notes of appreciation.

Bake cookies for a friend or family member.

Bring cards to the residents of a senior home.

Spend the afternoon at a boys and girls club investing in at-risk kids.

Cook a meal for a loved one.

Buy a good book for someone you love. 😉

Make chocolate covered strawberries with some friends. (Okay, maybe just a little chocolate)

Have a movie marathon of your favorites!

Pay for someone behind you at the grocery store.

Host a bible study or small group and chat about God’s love.

Create a playlist of your favorite songs and give to a friend.

Write cards to the top 10 people you appreciate.

Spend an evening having meaningful conversation.

Write a poem for a loved one.

Listen to your favorite worship songs and sing your heart out.

Spend some time journaling love letters to God.

Host a dinner party and invite some loved ones.

Spend quality time with your grandma and grandpa–or your mom and dad.

Write some emails sharing your appreciation with others.

Make a list of “20 things I love/appreciate about you” to give to a family member or friend.

Have a game night with some friends.

Pray for someone you run into as you go about your day.

Take someone you’ve been wanting to spend quality time with on a special “day out”.

Write a card of encouragement to someone unexpected (mailman, a neighbor, cashier at the grocery store).

Don’t just say “I love you”–speak out loud what you love about the people you love.

No matter what your relationship status…take some time to reflect–and show your love to God and the people He’s placed in your life this Valentine’s Day!

Comment below: What are some other ways you can show love to others this Valentine’s Day? 

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Debra Fileta is a Professional Counselor, national speaker, and author of True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide to Finding the Love of Your Life21 Days to Jump Start Your Love Life, and 21 Days to Pray For Your Love Life – where she writes candidly about dating, relationships, and how to find true love. You may also recognize her voice from her 150+ articles at Relevant Magazine or Crosswalk.com! She’s also the creator of this True Love Dates Blog!  Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter or book a session with her today!


  1. This is amazing! One preach i heard from a Bible college lecturer was saying that if you are a couple this valentines, use the time to show your love for one another AND let your love expand to other family members and friends. Afterall, you are a couple because you feel you can bring more glory to God by being together than you could being apart.
    Honestly, i think this could be done so much more by couples on valentines day inside and outside of church!
    Perhaps invite a family round for lunch and extend your love that way. Single people, you can do this too! 😉

  2. Great ideas and something that we should be doing every day! I appreciate having you in my life and the wisdom you have shared (with me and others) and the way you are helping us to grow and changed for the better! May God continue to bless you and your family! Thank you for growing my “family” with the others here that are learning from you!

  3. I liked this post, Debra. Very fun and uplifting, but simple. Ha! Ha! Thanks!

  4. Love is love of god helping each other being kind humble doing somthing for someone with a gift of appreciation lisining compassion understanding

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