Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Blue Monday - The MOST depressing day of the year...(annually)

So - I'm back! In order to spare you all from my annual December lamentation, I decided to not blog for a month.  I'm sure you all had lots of nice, warm, fuzzy Christmas and New Year posts to read and keep you busy... but now back to business!

Have you ever heard of Blue Monday? It's the 3rd Monday in January.  Apparently it's the most depressing day of the year.  In 2005 (as part of a publicity campaign by Sky Travel), a (pseudoscientific) mathematical equation was developed to determine the most depressing day of the year:
\frac{[W + D-d] T^Q}{M N_a}
where weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na. 'D' is not defined in the release, nor are units.
The date was calculated by using many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. 

Check out the Blue Monday website:

SO - prior to January 21, 2013 spend some time making a list of things you're grateful for, of the fabulous people in your life, and of all the fun things you will do in the year to come!  Then, on the evening of January 20th tape the list to the mirror you look at first in the morning (bathroom, bedroom, hallway) and start Blue Monday off on a positive thought!

I also recommend the following for quick pick-me-ups:

  • Watch stand-up comedy
  • Look up images of cute cats and dogs - like this one: Funny cat
  • Go to You Tube and watch cute videos of cats and dogs doing funny things - like this: Ultimate Dog Tease
  • Eat chocolate
  • Go for a walk

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1 comment:

  1. And the happiest day of the year? Darn cynics...

    Just got back from Mexico last night. I know. I assure you, I'm not complaining (smile).

    Hope all is well with you and yours. Stop by and check in when you have a chance.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
    Finding Humour in Everyday Life
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com