"Singles Awareness Day" (S.A.D.) is a lesser-known holiday celebrated on February 15 each year. As its name implies, S.A.D. is sort of the anti-Valentine's Day. While the latter focuses on the joys of romantic relationships and coupledom, Singles Awareness Day is a time to trumpet the benefits of, er... well, being single.
The true origin of S.A.D. is unclear, unfortunately, but there is no lack of reasons to explain its origin. Many consider Valentine's Day a "made up" holiday designed to sell more cards, candy and flowers. Others -- in a relationship or not -- dislike the emphasis of retail sales as a measure of devotion. Still more simply find the annual reminder of their relationship status unwelcome.
Regardless of whether you celebrate Valentine's Day, Singles Awareness Day or something else entirely, it is important to remember that many people feel profoundly sad during this time due to the death of their life partner. For these men and women, February 14's relationship emphasis and February 15's focus on singlehood merely serve as painful reminders of the grief they feel due to the death of someone significant, regardless of when the person died.
If you know someone who might suffer a holiday reaction/anniversary response this week, then please make a point of talking to them to see how things are going or spending some time with him or her.
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