With heart-shaped boxes of chocolates on display and red roses by the dozen, it is easy to feel extra pressure on Valentines Day. Whether you are single, in a new relationship or have been with your significant other so long it feels like second nature, it can be difficult to strike the perfect tone on Valentine's day.
Remember that despite the hype, you don’t have to do something extravagant to let that special someone know how appreciated they are. Here are 5 carefree fun ways to spend your Valentine's day:
Go on a hike. Even if you aren’t necessarily the outdoorsy type hiking is an easy way to stretch your muscles and explore a beautiful new place together. It also offers a great way to get to know the other person better. Even if you know your partner or friend like the back of your hand you will be surprised by how many new things you can learn about someone you already know. Plus, research shows that exercising together leads to a better emotional blond and better sex.
Cook dinner together. Skip those crowded restaurants and collaborate on Valentine's day feast. Delicious food brings people together and working towards a common goal creates lasting connections. If cooking isn’t your thing try a pottery class or sip on a bottle of wine while you paint together.
Go to the drive-in. The drive-in is a cost-effective and casual way to go out while you are still in an intimate space. Make sure to pack the car with comfy blankets and pillows for the maximum movie cuddling experience.
Wine tasting. Vineyards are picturesque by themselves and are the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend getaway or an active fun-filled day trip perfect for friends or a newer relationship.
Play a game. Set your inner child over a friendly game of scrabble. It just so happens that competition can boost chemistry and attraction. According to Scott Haltzman, M.D., "Competition increases libido-boosting testosterone and the feel-good chemical dopamine - both of which fuel arousal and spark interest.”
At the end of the day, it really goes back to the thought that counts—celebrating with the person or people you love, however that may be.