Feel like sh*t today? You're probably not the only one. In fact, the rest of the world probably feel similar. January 15 is supposedly the most depressing day of the year.
A combination of factors conspire to make the third Monday of the year the singularly most despondent. These include the recognition that, yup, Christmas really is over, the realisation of all the money we’ve spent celebrating it and the fact most of us are back at work.
It's been dubbed as "Blue Monday". And it only became a thing back in 2005.
It was then that Dr Cliff Arnall, a lecturer and “freelance happiness guru” from South Wales, dreamt up his gloomy calculation that concluded that the third Monday of January each year was always the most melancholy.
That calculation goes something like this: [W + (D-d)] x Tq ÷ [M x Na]. Yeahhhh.
‘W’ stands for weather, ‘D’ for debt, ‘d’ refers to the monthly salary, ‘T’ the time since Christmas, ‘q’ the period since we’ve broken our New Year’s resolutions, ‘M’ for motivational levels while ‘Na’ is the feeling of a need to take action.
It's super confusing but the general idea seems to be that on this day all the bad stuff in our lives outweighs the good stuff.
Not everyone believes in Blue Monday, though. University of East London academic Jolanta Burke reckons Blue Monday is only blue because it’s become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
“When we hold some expectations about an event, people, or ourselves, we start behaving in a way that matches our expectations.
So basically you can decided that Blue Monday is a thing or change your thinking and make it a more positive experience! You do you.