Valentine's Day: Not Just a Lover's Holiday

“MOM!” Hilary screeched, hurtling down the floor on her Strider bicycle, a few strands of blonde hair escaping gleefully from her helmet. She had been practicing for weeks to earn her brand new pedals.

“Mooommmmmm!” Hilary screamed again, pedaling hard toward her mother.

Mom finally looked up from her conversation, worried by the desperate tone in her daughter’s voice. “What, what, hunny??” Hilary, still yards away, slowed down before reaching the carpet. She started to turn around carefully, toes bouncing on the floor for balance.

Hilary smiled at Mom—“I love you!”—and finished the turn.

“I love you too, sweetheart,” Mom shouted after her daughter. But Hilary’s back was already turned, heading down the tarmac at breakneck speed in the opposite direction.

Valentine’s Day is often touted as a day for lovers. Many hate the holiday for exactly that reason—why would anyone want to be so acutely reminded of their loneliness? And for couples…the pressure to do something romantic, something that lives up to their love for one another, often times renders it a day of nail-biting and potential disappointments rather than a day of affirmation. Probably the most unfortunate on this day are the “undecideds”—more pairs than couples, who have not yet declared their relationship one way or another. For these, the holiday can create extreme stress, as a “day for lovers” is thrust on them unwillingly. Are they lovers? Are they friends with benefits? Does he buy her flowers, or just text her “Happy Valentine’s Day!” and leave it at that?

Yes, yes, we’ve all heard these complaints and perhaps experienced them ourselves. What we haven’t done, is try to redefine the holiday. Valentine’s Day, like any day, is one hundred percent in our hands. It was created by humans, and can therefore be deconstructed and rebuilt by each one of us.

Let’s call it a day for love rather than “lovers.” Hilary, for instance, arguably loves her mother more than any other thing in the entire world. Is she barred from Valentine’s Day simply because she, at six years old, doesn’t have a “lover”? No. She goes to school on Valentine’s Day, makes a card out of doilies and pink construction paper, and brings it home for Mom. Maybe Dad left a card and a pink rose by Hilary’s bedside before he left for work that morning, and Mom greeted her off the bus with a bag of heart-shaped Dove chocolates. Or maybe Hilary left little Finding Nemo Valentine’s Day cards in each of her soccer teammates’ lockers, even the one who was mean to her at their last indoor soccer practice.

So why as we grow older do we forget that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about having a lover? Why have we forgotten that once, as children, Valentine’s Day was about reminding yourself that you love and are loved?

On that note, I’ve asked a few random people to share with HooplaHa what they love most in the entire world….Here’s what they had to say:

“Being outside”





“My daughter”

“My husband!”


“A really good book.”

“Homemade macaroni and cheese!”

“Oh wow, that’s a hard question… I don’t know!”

"Sharing a glass of wine with a good friend!"

"My kids, my wife and my family!"

"Music and dancing"

“Being with friends”

“Driving into work and seeing the Flatirons spread out before me while listening to John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High

And me? I love PEOPLE more than anything in the entire world. They are the fabric of our memories, after all!

What do YOU love most in the entire world? Share it on our site!

For the Animal Lover In You - Press Paws

Is your life fuller and happier when pets and other animals are around? This week, OGTV is sharing stories from Press Paws, our heartwarming series for the animal lover in all of us! Hosted by Michelle Ray Smith, Press Paws tells passionate stories of the unique bond between animals and people and how they help each other live a happier, more fulfilling life. Watch more here!

Keep reading... Show less

Empowering Kids Through Their Cultural Heritage and Their Music

** OGTV is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with this story about an arts program that not only teaches their students musical skills, but also encourages them to be proud of their cultural heritage. **

In a sun-filled church in Stamford, Connecticut, a small group of young students sit with their musical instruments. Among them are many instruments you'd expect to see in a classroom—like violins and guitars—and also several that you may have never seen before, like the South American Charango and a Caribbean steel drum. That would give you your first hint that you're not looking at a standard music class. This is an INTEMPO class.

Keep reading... Show less

Helping the “Unhoused” One Shower At A Time

** Watch this OGTV "GOOD STORY" about a woman in San Francisco who figured out a way to repurpose out-of-service buses into showers that provide this critical service to the Unhoused. **

What is universally despised in large, modern, metropolitan areas more than its public transportation, and in particular, the city bus? Slow, crowded, unpleasant – it mostly reminds us of lean times of struggle. However, a creative group of folks from San Francisco have come up with a brilliant idea that repurposes this inner city workhorse, converting it from a people mover to a mobile oasis where unhoused neighbors can seek comfort.

Keep reading... Show less

College Students and Seniors Live And Thrive Together

** OGTV celebrates Classical Music Month with this story about an intriguing arrangement between a group of college students who are receiving free lodging at a senior community in return for sharing their mutual love of music and their companionship. **

"There's a tendency as people get older to isolate. In this community, there's less opportunity to do that, because we have the kids here!"

Keep reading... Show less

These Portraits Of Fallen Heroes Are Healing Hearts

** OGTV's second MILITARY MATTERS playlist story of the week is about the generosity of a Vietnam veteran who uses his artistic skills to create portraits of fallen heroes and then donates them to their families. **

There may be no right answer on how to grieve a loved one, but Michael G. Reagan and George W. Bush have found ways to help.

Keep reading... Show less

3rd Generation Family Farm is Bustling Community Hub - South Mountain Creamery

** OGTV celebrates Ice Cream Day with this story about a family that has been farming the same land for 3 generations and now has the first on farm dairy processing plant in Maryland that home delivers their own milk, yogurt, and ice cream. **

The Sowers family has been farming in Middletown, Maryland for almost 40 years and in all that time their philosophy has never changed - producing and delivering products that you can put on your table and feel good about. Fresh. Produced responsibly. Wholesome and nutritious.

Keep reading... Show less

Veterinarian is a Modern Day Dr. Dolittle - Dr. Amy Jo's Wild Life (Part 1)

** OGTV's first GOOD STORY of the week is about the "wild" life of Dr. Amy Jo Pilmer, a Texas Veterinarian with a heart for animals that is as big as her state. **

This is the story of a modern day Dr. Doolittle with her own personal wildlife sanctuary, a local veterinarian who's life is dedicated to caring for unusual and extraordinary animals. These animals have become more than her patients or pets, they have become her family!

Keep reading... Show less

Rising Pop Star and Cancer Survivor - Caly On The Good (Trailer)

In this original OGTV series, Caly On The Good, viewers are going to be able to follow Caly as she inspires other young adults with cancer, works with various organizations and charities, and tries to launch her pop music career. Caly is using her new found platform to support other survivors. "No matter what happens with music, I will always fight for people who have cancer." See all of Caly's inspiring moments here!

Keep reading... Show less


* OGTV Top Videos *

Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube


Get your Only Good TV Newsletter