VALENTINE'S Day is one of those special occasions that we observe with a range of emotions.  It also allows people in love to express their feelings or emotions in unique ways.

Rosemarie Embile

Rosemarie Embile

For many people, Valentine's Day is a special celebration and acknowledgment of a significant relationship including with friends.

Many celebrate this special day by showing appreciation for the people they love or admire. They give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry, or flowers, particularly roses, on Valentine's Day to their partners. Some take their partner to a fancy restaurant for a romantic date.

According to a recent survey,  32.9 million Americans — or 12.89% of the adult population — plan to buy Valentine's gifts to their romantic partners.

Here are ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day extraordinarily by doing ordinary things:

• Reflect on your love journey with your partner or spouse. One of the most exciting things about a relationship is sharing ideas about how the journey has been so far. Recall your first date and how you admired each other before becoming a couple. Remind yourselves about the romance  of your first day as a couple. These talks can help  create  a stronger bond  between you and your partner.  

• Surprise your lover. Being creative is romantic especially when expressing love in a natural setting. A surprise gift does not need to be expensive. Give your spouse what he or she loves the most.

• When spending time together, attention and affection show you care for your partner. A good relationship is not just important, it is everything. It matters how much time you spend together. This include visiting places, discovering a new hobby and doing other things you both love. Doing these things on Valentine's  Day will create more meaningful memories.

•  Share your worries and dreams with your partner or spouse. The two of you can become a better couple the more you get to know each other.

• Be a friend to your partner or spouse. Friendship between partners or spouses is likely to lead to a long-term relationship.

 When we learn how to love and value relationships, we always strive to be the best version of ourselves and everything around us become better too.

One final tip: relationship experts agree that valuing your relationship and celebrating the great things about being a couple is vital, not just on Valentine's Day but each day of the year.

The writer is an educator on Saipan.

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