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Looking to spread a little happiness with some Valentine’s Day gives at work? Is it appropriate to send Valentine greetings to friends and especially co-workers? My answer is yes – greetings of friendship and good wishes are welcome anytime of year. But every year, the majority of the western world celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with hearts, flowers, chocolates and greetings of love and friendship. In the spirit of giving and happiness, we can all celebrate this popular day with our colleagues as well.
You can navigate Valentine’s Day and avoid anything awkward by performing simple acts of giving that will brighten your co-workers day and make you feel happy on a day meant to lift people’s spirits. Happiness is meant to be shared and what better place to share than at your workplace with the people you see (or zoom or talk to these days…) every day. Sending a friendly greeting or Valentine wish is spreading happiness and feelings of good cheer and helping to make your workplace happier as well.
Giving Ideas For Valentine’s Day Gives At Work
- Cookies or baked items – Make a batch of cookies or bars and set them up with friendly notes in the staff room. In keeping with covid rules at work, you could put each cookie in an individual bag with its own note of inspiration. If homemade doesn’t work, you can always buy bakery cookies as well.
- Coffee or tea lovers – you can bring in a special blend of tea and offer a tea bag to everyone or buy a fresh roasted bag of beans and make a delicious pot of coffee to share with a simple Happy Valentine’s day wish on the pot or on each tea bag.
- Flowers – leave a tulip or daffodil stem on the desk of your friends at work with a note wishing them a great day. An inexpensive but day brightening way to greet them.
- Chocolates or candy – buy individually wrapped small chocolates – they don’t have to be hearts or even Valentine candy – and put a little bag or container on each desk with a note. You can buy candy in bulk and make simple envelope containers out of a piece of loose-leaf paper. Add a Valentine sticker and voila.
- Simple notes – remember in elementary school when we wrote Valentine greetings to all our classmates? Think of it as a return to school days when everyone was included and write a simple personal note saying thanks or have a great day to everyone at your place of work.
- Virtual greetings – if you are working virtually, you can still send a message of inspiration or thanks to colleagues. Find a favorite quote or photo and send it with a greeting to brighten someone’s day.
Valentine’s Day has evolved over the years to recognize friendships as well as love. In an effort to make everyone feel included, it is a great idea to spread happiness by sending greetings on this day to your co-workers. Not everyone has a true love or life partner but everyone likes to receive a special greeting and you can help spread joy and happiness in your workplace this Valentine’s Day.
Want to spread happiness all year long? Check out 365give for ideas to give every day and help make a happier planet, happier communities and most important, a happier you.