A new approach to Valentine’s Day |

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February 10, 2016

I know, I know. A lot of people feel cynical about Valentine’s Day—it’s commercial, it’s silly, it excludes the uncoupled. I get it. For those of us who are into flowers and chocolate and Agent Provocateur, that’s cool! I admit I own red and white candles and I'm going to use them to set the table for a home-cooked meal on Tuesday night.

But let me propose an approach to those of us who raise an eyebrow at excessive hearts and pink: don’t make it about a relationship status, make it an annual excuse to binge on love at large.

Love yourself. (Here are some sex toys.) Love your fellow humans. (We all need it.)

XO

—Claire

Claire.Howorth@time.com

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