Take it from a guy that has spent many Valentine's Days by himself - it can be a long, depressing, day and night - if you are alone.  So a few years ago, I came up with, what seemed like a simple enough solution to that.  Try NOT to be alone.

But as most of us know, that is much easier said than done.

Through years of painful experience, however, I have come up with a short list of ways to beat the "Valentine's Day Blues".  If you happen to be one of the few out there that are in a perfect relationship, you've found your soul mate, and are blissfully happy -- GOOD FOR YOU!

Everyone in the real world, though, should read on.  Here's what to do, male or female, if you don't have a 'sweetheart'.

1)  Make it a "GUYS" or "LADIES" night out.  I'm sure you have other single friends or co-workers that you can hang out with.  Guys - go bowling, play poker, go to a sporting event, etc.  You will have fun, and forget about how lonely you really are, at least for a few hours.  And ladies - do whatever it is you do when you get together.  I admit, I have no idea what that might be, other than to shop, or drink.......That was an unintentional, and very sad commentary, on the women in my life, LOL.

2)  Find a good HAPPY HOUR somewhere.  You could easily incorporate this into the 'night out', but you could do this with anyone, or by yourself.  Happy Hour is usually cheap, and probably even cheaper on Valentine's Day.  Happy Hour is always a good time to; eat well, drink plenty, and most importantly - MEET NEW PEOPLE!  That's what it's all about.  If you're alone at the bar on Valentine's Day, it's safe to say you could use a few new numbers under 'contacts' on your cell phone.

3)  Eat whatever you want.  In other words, pig out.  Go ahead, treat yourself to a meal worthy of a king.  And when you indulge, don't forget the chocolate.  I like lots of Double Stuff Oreo Cookies, and/or a pint of Ben & Jerry's Fudge Brownie.  Chocolate makes everything better.  This has been scientifically proven, by the way.

4)  Remember that being single is awesome!  It really is.  Even if you're like me, a hopeless romantic that wants that one special person to come along, you've got to love the freedom of being single.  There is nothing like being able to; do, say, and interact with, whoever you want - whenever you want.  I don't like being alone - but I do like not having to answer to anyone.

So, Happy Valentine's Day - Make it a great one, no matter who you are with, or what you are doing.