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  1. Stay inside.  The simplest of all solutions.
  2. Be a spoilsport. Okay, you have no choice but to go to work, but that’s no reason to succumb to the V-Day spirit.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to other people. If you’re the type who imagines folks secretly pointing at you on the street and laughing at your single status, you’re spending way too much time measuring yourself against supposedly happy, snuggling couples. Remember: just because a person is partnered up on V-Day doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is blissed out (or even remotely contented).
  4. Turn off the TV. By following the above steps, you’ve managed to make it through your workday (and your commute) with your self-esteem intact. Don’t toss it all into a heart-shaped hamper by sprawling out in front of the tube and watching Valentine’s Day-themed episodes of your favorite TV shows. Rent a good movie instead.
  5. Step 5

    Commiserate with friends. It’s perfectly okay to ring up your single girlfriends (if you’re female) or male friends (if you’re male) and dis on Valentine’s Day. But at all costs, avoid the temptation to call your ex or that hottie at the office you’ve secretly had a crush on all these years. That kind of maneuver is dangerous enough in ordinary circumstances; on February 14, it’s potentially deadly.