Senior Mark Grenader enjoys spending time with the adorable puppies at Petland.  Credit: Caroline Mills
Senior Mark Grenader enjoys spending time with the adorable puppies at Petland.
Photo: Caroline Mills

For many of the bachelors and bachelorettes at Pace, Valentine’s Day can be a day-long reminder of their alone-ness.  However, it doesn’t need to be. Valentine’s Day for singles is just another excuse to hang out with friends and appreciate good company. Below is a list of some of the many ways to enjoy the day with your besties for the resties.

1. In true Valentine’s Day spirit, spend the day pampering the most special person in your life. Make sure to treat him or her to everything nice. In other words, treat yourself this Valentine’s Day, because who is more important than you? Spend the entire day doing things that you enjoy, whether that’s relaxing at the spa or playing video games all day.

2. If you don’t have a significant other this Valentine’s Day, grab a couple of movies starring your favorite actor or actress and have a home movie night with your celebrity crush. If you’re hoping for a romantic night, I would recommend a little Ryan Gosling in “The Notebook,” Raymond in “Aquamarine,” or Mila Kunis in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Any movie starring your fave hottie will make the night fun, and inviting a couple of friends to the viewing will help give the night an upbeat mood.

3. Looking for an unconventional way to spend February 14?  You’re in luck; the circus is in town. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to Philips Arena on Valentine’s Day at 3:00 p.m. A two-hour show, filled with acts sure to wow you and take your mind off your single status, the performance will end just in time to grab dinner at a nice restaurant outside the Buckhead bubble. The show is known for its acts featuring exotic animals such as camels and big cats.

4. If all else fails, visit Petland. If you’re not happy with your independent status this year, be sure to hit up the nearest pet store with puppies, kittens or bunnies. Not only will the adorable baby animals make you feel loved and lick up your tears, but they actually brighten your mood and raise your self-esteem, according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and research at University of Missouri-Columbia.