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8 Undeniably Positive Things About Being Single on Valentine’s Day

8 Undeniably Positive Things About Being Single on Valentine’s Day

We live in a couple-oriented world; but finding yourself single on Valentine’s Day isn’t actually such a calamity as idle talkers clamor. For that matter, if they are that eager to teach you how to live, it’s probably because they are bored with their ‘full lives’.

So ignore anything the media or the public opinion may try to impose on you. If you are single, it’s because you like it this way. You can be awesome all by yourself, and there are many reasons to be happy on your own on Valentine’s Day.

1. Treat Yourself with What You Love

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    Valentine’s Day celebrates romantic love, but why cannot it be a day to love yourself? Just as lovebirds prepare surprises for each other, spice up your day by giving yourself treats, as if out of the blue. Drop into your favorite café and have an extra big cup of something heart-warming (and probably some delicious dessert!). Visit a restaurant and relish a gourmet dinner instead of cooking at home. Buy a book or a stylish accessory you’ve long wanted – in a nutshell, get or do something that pleases you and reflects your personality, unlike a pink stuffed bunny or an inane romantic comedy.

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    2. Your Schedule Is Yours, All Yours

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      Think about it like this: you live your life on your own terms, and there is no need to apologize for it to anyone. If there’s a party or a club meeting you’re interested in (not related to Valentine’s Day, obviously) – enjoy your time there without having to feel guilty for preferring it to a ‘romantic evening’ (which are so often tediously boring). Grab a notebook and a pen and visit a park or someplace else to sketch trees, birds, people or whatever comes to mind. Or if you feel like cleaning and de-cluttering your home – knock yourself out!

      3. Save Money

      During Valentine’s Day shopping spree people buy tons of knickknacks because they are expected to, and it can cost a pretty penny. You, avoiding all the Valentine’s Say expenses, can put this money to much better use – save for that Caribbean vacation you’ve been planning for, for example.

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        4. Go on a Trip to Wherever You Want

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          Darting off and travelling wherever you want, whenever you like, without fitting it into somebody else’s plans is another perk of living on your own. You’re not tied down to someone else’s schedule, preferences, or budget – you can set your own schedule and enjoy your freedom as an individual.

          5. Flirt with Whomever You Want

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            Whether you stay at home or take a trip, chances are you’ll come across many a person who is also single this day. So if you are feeling lonely, it may be a good time to look for someone who feels the same. And who knows – perhaps this time you will really meet the right someone.

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            6. Throw a Party and Celebrate with Your Single Friends

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              You can certainly find single people among your friends – so why not get together, have fun at the expense of all the cheesiness around and just have a jolly good time?

              7. Get Together with People Who Really Matter in Your Life

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                Since everyone around you is busy celebrating Valentine’s Day, why not get in touch with people who are truly dear to you? You’d probably want to call on your parents or grandparents, or get together with friends you were so close with back in college. Sharing fun and warmth with someone you care about is a gift you give them – and yourself, not yet another ‘sweet nothing’.

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                8. Know How to Be Happy On Your Own

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                  When all is said and done, being single means that you are not limited by anything or anyone in your life. You may go in any direction with no obligations pulling you down. You may stay single your entire life or find the right person – tomorrow or in ten years’ time. You are free, which is already enough to be happy. So don’t look the other way, don’t miss out on that happiness!

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                  Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                  7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                  7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                  When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

                  You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

                  1. Connecting them with each other

                  Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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                  It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

                  2. Connect with their emotions

                  Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

                  For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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                  3. Keep going back to the beginning

                  Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

                  On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

                  4. Link to your audience’s motivation

                  After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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                  Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

                  5. Entertain them

                  While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

                  Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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                  6. Appeal to loyalty

                  Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

                  In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

                  7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

                  Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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