Mondays are always hard. But there’s a scientific reason why today sucks so much: January 15 is the most depressing day of the year.
According to lecturer and so-called “freelance happiness guru” Dr Cliff Arnall, the third Monday of the year is the most melancholic.
Dubbed “Blue Monday,” today is the day we realise that the holidays are really over and there’s a whole year of work until next Christmas. Depressing much?
Add the fact that we’ve already failed our New Year’s resolutions and have only got $6.30 until payday, and it’s no wonder we’re feeling a deep sense of sadness and hopelessness.
If those reasons aren’t enough, Dr Arnall, who comes from Wales where it’s the middle of winter, has a scientific calculation for his theory: [W + (D-d)] x Tq ÷ [M x Na]
Let me explain… ‘W’ stands for weather, ‘D’ is for debt, ‘T’ is time since Christmas, ‘Q’ is the period since we’ve broken our New Year’s resolutions, ‘M’ reflects a lack of motivation and ‘NA’ is a need to take action.
Basically… today is when it feels like all the bad things in life outweigh the good. So it makes total sense that I burst into tears on the way to work this morning.
The bright side? Tomorrow is a new day and things can only get better. Here’s a picture of a dog sitting on a barrel to look at until then…