Get ready for it! The most depressing day of the year is coming! “Blue Monday” as it is being coined is supposed to be on January 25, 2010. It is a day that is calculated to occur each year by a mathematical formula. This day is supposed to be the most depressing one out of the entire year. So if people seem more irritable or cranky then we ought to know why. So how bad could this Monday be? As if the other days weren’t bad enough with unemployment rates at all time highs, a slumping economy, and a global recession all hanging around to tell us things are bleak.
According to an article in Time Magazine, the theory and formula were developed by a Cardiff University researcher named Dr. Cliff Arnall. His formula takes into consideration a whole bunch of different factors that lead to the conclusion of the date of the most depressing day of the year. Arnall’s formula is based on the effects of nasty winter weather, a big hole in people’s wallets from all that holiday spending, and those pesky New Year’s resolutions that just seem to fade away after the first few weeks into the year. All of these factors combined allow Arnall to arrive at a date that tops all others for amount of depression.
Although the article claims that many in the academic world discount this man’s theory I think we should run with it! I mean he put a lot of thought into it and it gives everyone yet another excuse to not want to get out of bed on a Monday morning.
I absolutely hate Mondays but at least out of all them, if I am in a really particularly bad mood on this one I can blame it on what sounds like a pretty good formula that says it’s the most depressing day of the year! I like that. I think that if this is truly the most saddest day of them all, then “Blue Monday” should be a paid holiday so that we can all get through it at home.
To read the article by Bill Tancer in Time Magazine visit: