It’s Official: Today Is The Most Depressing Day Of The Year

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DepressionToday is officially known as "Blue Monday".  It is the most depressing day of the year, according to experts:

Dr Cliff Arnall, a Cardiff University psychologist, devised the formula that shows today is the most depressing.

His equation takes into account six factors: weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take action.

Taken together they pinpoint today as ‘Blue Monday’.

That’s a pretty interesting theory, and I think I buy into it, at least from a statistical-analysis viewpoint.  I (like others) tend to have seasonal depression caused by shorter days (sunlight-wise).  And then when you factor in the passing of the holidays and such, I think there could be something to this "Blue Monday" thing.

Not that I’m feeling depressed today (I’m not), but I like the theory.  Of course, it’s only a generalized theory; I’m sure, for example, that the "Blue Monday" effect is not as pronounced today in places like Chicago and Indianapolis.

The good news for those who are stricken with "Blue Monday" is that it gets better, and you have nowhere to go but up.  At least, until "Blue Monday" of next year.