Sandwich Generation: Focus on Friends & Family

Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you have to be lonely on Valentine’s Day. As members of the Sandwich Generation, focus on these tips that can reach far beyond a love relationship and perk you up:

Pay attention to the positives in your significant relationships. Notice who you enjoy spending time with and what about them brings you pleasure. And remember that your personal character and qualities make them want to be your friends. Relax into your friendships as you enjoy fuller and deeper conversations.

Granddaughter giving grandmother Valentine's Day card and roses

Connect often with others. Going out with a group of colleagues can sometimes be more fun than going on a date. And having support is especially important when you’re feeling down. You can bring more intimacy into your circle of friends. Be willing to reveal your personal opinions and needs so that they have access to your inner world. And encourage them to do the same with you.

Lower your expectations about today. Actually, there really is no perfect day, so relax. Be realistic and proactive. You can take the lead and make a plan for the day – organize a potluck dinner, a hike in the hills or a barbeque at the park. The wonderful memories you create will last long after the day is over.

While we’re on the subject of relationships, why don’t you click on the title of this post to read an article about the impact of Oprah’s support of President Obama at an important time in his life.

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