Can Valentine’s Day Lead to Happiness?

Did the 2012 holiday season come and go in a rush? Are you feeling guilty about the holiday cards hung cheerfully on your door or mantel t2008 All Hearthat you never returned? If so, it’s not too late to send an annual greeting to your friends and family.

In her best-selling book The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin describes how she sends out Valentine’s Day cards as an alternative to a December holiday greeting:

As happens to many people, about five minutes after Eliza was born, I was possessed with an irresistible urge to send out yearly holiday cards. In a decision born more out of desperation than originality, I’d decided to make a tradition of sending cards in February for Valentine’s Day, instead of in December, when life is crazy.

We love sending cards every December, but the idea of annual Valentine’s greetings is too fun to resist. Think about it: Valentine’s Day cards won’t get lost in the rush of the December holiday season. Plus, USPS issues a new stamp in the Love series every year, so your envelopes will be just as jolly and holiday-specific as those mailed in December.

This year’s Sealed With Love Forever® stamp is now available online and in Post Offices nationwide. For the procrastinators among us, that means we’ve got one week to get Valentine’s Day cards stamped and in the mail. One week to start a new annual tradition.