6 REASONS TO CELEBRATE ALL YOUR FRIENDSHIPS THIS VALENTINES DAYValentine's Day may be devoted to celebrating all things romance and couples. But did you know that February is also International Friendship Month? This year, take a unique spin on the traditional Valentine's Day. Here are six reasons to celebrate all your friendships this Valentine's Day:

1. Friends are always there

While significant others may come and go, friends are there for the long-haul. No matter how you're feeling — whether you're going through a rough patch or just landed the job of your dreams — your friends are always around to help you pick up the pieces or celebrate successes in life.

2. Friends speak the truth

Close friends aren't afraid to tell you the truth. They'll always give you an honest answer, even if you aren't ready to hear it. Their truthfulness will force you to reexamine things and grow in unexpected ways.

3. Distance doesn't get in the way

No matter where in the world your good friends are located, physical distance doesn't get in the way of your friendship. If you need someone to talk to at 3 am, your friends will be there. If you just broke your leg and need support, it's guaranteed your bestie will hop on the next flight to be there for you.

4. Friends are chosen family

While you can't choose your biological family, you can choose your friends. Like family, you can fight with your BFFs but still reconcile and love one another. You also feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable with good friends. Plus, you can celebrate family-centric holidays, like Thanksgiving, with all your good friends instead.

5. Your home is their home

Your close friends are always welcome in your home, no matter what. And the same holds true for you. You probably even have spare keys to each other's places. If you need a place to crash, you know that you're always welcomed.

6. Friends love you unconditionally

Their love knows no bounds. No matter if you get into heated arguments or fights, your friends will get over it. Most importantly, they'll never stop loving you, flaws and all.

Friends are the true loves of your life

If you've never spent Valentine's Day with your friends, then you're missing out. This year, carve out time to do something fun with all your besties to really show them just how much they mean to you. Go out for fancy cocktails, host a movie night, or hit up some clubs. Spending Valentine's Day with the ones that always have your back is the way to go.

References
  1. "23 Reasons to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Your Friends," Bustle, January 12, 2015.
  2. "4 Ways to Celebrate Friendship Month," Huffington Post, September 1, 2011.

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