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Lonely this Valentine’s Day? Alexa can help you feel better

Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be lonely this year. You have Alexa, and even though Amazon’s virtual assistant isn’t a real person, there are a lot of ways Alexa can help you through this February 14. Here are some things to try if you find yourself feeling down.

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Link up, even when you’re far apart

Seeing a friendly face is always a good way to boost your spirits. Even if you and your best friends, family member, or sweetheart are separated by miles or trapped at home with a cold, you can all still feel like you’re in the same room, chatting it up by using your video-enabled Alexa device to make video calls. Though you’ll get the best experience with an Echo Show, you and your loved one can use the Alexa app to make video calls, too. Just go to the app, tap on the person you want to contact and choose the video chatting option.

Use your imagination

If reading a trashy novel to give yourself vicariously the romance you need isn’t your thing, then maybe try a game. The Alexa skill MyCrush by Is It Love? is a kind of mashup between the Sims video game crossed with a Choose Your Own Adventure book combined with a romance novel. All played out in your imagination, though, with a little help from Alexa. Using the skill, you go on dates with imaginary people and choose how the romance progresses.

Listen to a story

If there’s nothing on TV and you’re sitting around bemoaning your love life, have Alexa tell you a story to occupy your night. The Story Stream skill has stories in many different genres to suit your mood, including paranormal, thrillers, horror, Creepypasta, sci-fi and comedy.

Do something for someone

Sometimes helping someone else can boost your spirits like nothing else. You can show a little love to someone in need this Valentine’s Day with the help of the Daily Kindness skill. It gives 50 different suggestions on how you can randomly help a person around you.

Share the love

Even if you don’t have a romantic love, it doesn’t mean you can’t share love this Valentine’s Day. The Share Worldwide skill is basically an audio message board. You can listen to the message the last person left and leave your own for others to hear. It’s a great way to spread kindness and uplifting messages between strangers anonymously. It’s a little connection that can make you, and others, feel good, no matter what day it is.

Another way to share love is by sending kind notes to others. The Hallmark Valentine’s Greeting Blueprint for Alexa allows you to create and send greetings to your loved ones and friends in just a few minutes. You can send audio clips that are pre-made or create your own.

Have a conversation

Alexa can also get your mind off your worries with some silly talk and there’s plenty of things to talk about. Here’s our list of weird things you can ask Alexa, the funniest things to ask Alexa and the best Alexa Easter eggs.

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