Don't Do These Five Things for Valentine's

3. Don’t Break Up

You’ve only been dating for six months. She bores you with her work stories. He drives you nuts with his politics. So what? It’s Valentine’s Day. Dumping someone on Feb. 14 will forever brand you as a heartless cad who couldn’t wait until the following Saturday to drop the ”It’s not you, it’s me” bomb.

For those of you already cohabiting for years or enjoying the benefits of legal marriage, this one goes double. Fine, you don’t have to splurge on a dozen of the finest roses or a $500 tab for dinner and wine. Chances are, if you’re actually considering breaking up on Valentine’s – and, oh, it has happened – your rather understated gift this year will not come as a surprise. But save yourself and your soon-to-be ex-partner the most awkward Valentine’s evening of your lives. Don’t ruin the holiday for both of you in the future. Hold the break-up conversation until the next day.

(On a more serious note, if you’re in a relationship where you feel abused, threatened or otherwise in danger, don’t stick around just because of a commercial holiday. Get some help and get out. You can find the LGBT resources you need at Rainbow Response: rainbowresponse.org.)

Sean Bugg is Editor Emeritus for Metro Weekly.

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