1. Have some friends over for drinks and toast to all the time that you don’t spend fighting with a significant other.
2. If you do drink, don’t succumb to drunk texting an ex. They’re an ex for a reason. If you don’t get the desired response back, you’ll feel very lonely and even more awkward come morning. Put the phone away, and sober you will be eternally grateful.
3. Go on a dinner date with your best friend. In some ways, having a best friend is just as rewarding as having a significant other.
4. Buy a gift for yourself, from yourself. Convince yourself that you need it to avoid shopper’s remorse.
5. Go to a place you’ve never been before, and strike up a conversation with someone you find intriguing. Sometimes the best people are hidden in the places you forgot to look.
6. Go to the bar. There will always be other lonely people there, and you may end up pleasantly surprised.
7. Buy yourself some wine and chocolate and spend the day in bed watching romantic comedies. Save this for the really bad days, making this a habit is kind melodramatic and weird.
8. Spend the day with close friends, simply watching movies and enjoying each other’s company.
9. Be thankful for the relationships that you do have. Take time to let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them, even if you don’t always show it. You don’t want to regret not telling someone exactly how much they mean to you if your time with them is ever cut short.
10. Most of all, be kind to yourself and to others. A smile and a few kind words can go a long way. By making someone’s day a little brighter, yours will become a little brighter too. Spread joy, and you’ll receive joy in return. The loneliness you feel is only temporary.