Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching, and for some of us, it’s a reason to celebrate. For others, it’s yet another opportunity for our singleness to be shoved in our face. But whether you’re feeling like the luckiest girl on the planet or a bitter spinster, you can’t avoid the dreaded holiday, so you might as well embrace it and celebrate accordingly to where you are in life. Naturally, our favorite sitcoms have plenty of advice on how to handle Valentine’s Day no matter what your situation:
“Friends” — For When You’re Single And You Just Don’t Care
“Friends” taught us plenty about love — the importance of finding your lobster and why “a break” needs to be clearly defined — but like the title clearly states, it taught us the most about friendship. Are you single? Who cares. You most likely have plenty of friends who love you. Plus, who said Valentine’s Day needs to just be a celebration of romantic love anyway? Be like the girls on “Friends” who got together to burn mementos of their past boyfriends. You’re surrounded by the ones you really love, and honestly, burning stuff is just really fun.
“30 Rock” — For When You’re Single And You Don’t…Fine, You Care
Okay, maybe you do care a little bit that your roommate will be enjoying herself at a five-star restaurant and showered with gifts while you’re in your groutfit from yesterday watching the same “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” episode that’s been on every day for the last week, but that’s fine too! Being single isn’t always like some tampon commercial, where you’re just spinning around, laughing with your girlfriends every day.
It can be lonely and tough, so we recommend the “30 Rock” method: ignore Valentine’s Day.
Liz schedules a dentist procedure on the holiday, and insists on saying she’s celebrating Anna Howard Shaw Day (birthday of famed civil rights leader, Anna Howard Shaw) rather than love. Take back the holiday, ladies!
“The Office” — For When You Have Your Eye On A Potential Date
Ryan and Kelly had a totally toxic, but incredibly funny, relationship on “The Office.” Kelly, being the go getter that she is, had her eye on the cute intern, didn’t want to be alone on Valentine’s Day and made sure to hook up with him the night before. Genius. Crazy, but genius. Maybe don’t go in acting like you’re starting a relationship, but this isn’t a bad weekend to go forth and hook up and have a little fun.
“Parks and Recreation” — For When You’re Happily In Love And You Want To Prove It
Leslie and Ben defined #relationshipgoals, sweet and dorky as they were. Leslie is renowned for doing everything over the top, so naturally she made the hardest Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt ever for Ben. While we recommend that you don’t make it so agonizingly hard that he has to call all of your mutual friends to solve a single clue, a scavenger hunt is a cute gesture. You’re happily in love, so why not show it with a big show of affection?
“The Mindy Project” — For When You’re In A Relationship But You’re Not Feeling It
Sometimes a relationship just really isn’t going anywhere. Breaking up right before Valentine’s Day sounds cruel, but so does spending the official day of love with someone you’re just not sure you, well, love. In this case, your only option is just to burn Valentine’s Day down to the ground. Mindy did this spectacularly well when she insisted on a double date on Valentine’s Day with her new boo and his best friend that she was clearly secretly in love with. While you might not be lucky enough to form a double date that spectacularly awkward, we’re sure you can find just the right couple to double date with that will suck all the romance out of your Valentine’s Day. Sometimes, you’ve just got to resort to drastic measures to get through the holiday.