Look out – Valentine’s Day (aka “Singles Awareness Day”) is upon us yet again.
Some of us still haven’t found our soul mates and, let’s be honest, this holiday isn’t exactly our favorite. Store windows filled with red hearts, roses and advertisements offering the “perfect date night” painfully remind us that we don’t have that important someone yet.
So what should you do when love isn’t coming your way or you’ve lost a love you thought you couldn’t live without? Have faith—you might find yourself forgetting the February blues.
Here are three ways faith can help you out with your current lack of a love life:
1. Faith gives you a better perspective on life
It’s easy to get caught up thinking about what you don’t have rather than what you actually do have. The grass is always greener on the other side and the glass is always half empty. Faith helps you step back and examine your life as a whole. You may not have that significant other you were hoping for, but when you take the time to look back you might be surprised just how much you’ve gotten over the years.
2. Faith gives you the strength to let go of grudges
Love hurts. Putting yourself out there hurts. Sharing your feelings with someone only to have them reject you hurts. Like a lot. Every time you get hurt you can grow more and more bitter, holding on to those moments and refusing to let them go. You might feel justified in holding your grudges, but the only person you are really inflicting pain on is yourself. Faith helps you forgive and forget so you can move on with your life to find the joyful moments that await you. You will miss those happy moments if you are too busy holding on to the ones that hurt.
3. Faith gives you the desire to help someone else who has it rougher than you do
Sometimes you just need to forget yourself and think about someone else. Everyone has been wronged or hurt at some point. Dwelling on those wrongs only inflicts more pain on you and those around you. Faith, on the other hand, motivates people to be kind and help each other along the way. When you were feeling down and out, was there someone there to help you? If there was, then take the chance to give back, and go help someone. If there wasn’t, be the caring friend you wish you could have had. You won’t regret it.