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January 21: The Worst Day?

John Rowland

Posted on January 19, 2019 13:11

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Is it possible to construct a theory which pinpoints the most depressing day of the year? One life/happiness consultant thinks so.

While January may not be the most cheery month of the year for some, psychologist Cliff Arnall has seized on this idea, devising a formula which designates "the first Monday of the third week of January," as the most depressing day of the year.

This year, that day would be January 21.

The messenger of Arnall's message is Diana Bruk of Best Life.

Dismissed by some as mostly nonsense, there are truthful elements in Arnall's theory, otherwise known as "Blue Monday": The reality of the holidays being over sets in for real; depending on one's geography, there's a lot of winter left for many; New Year's resolutions may be already discarded; financial pressures may be elevated following a seasonal spending splurge; plus other health and environmental considerations (e.g. alcohol and sunlight).

If music is the expression of people's certain attitudes and emotions -- of art imitating life -- consider the following.

Older folks may remember "Rainy Days and Mondays" by The Carpenters. Well that one would cover the Monday part in Blue Monday; so if it also rains in your area on the 21st, guess that would make it official -- at least according to this song.

But there was also "Blue Morning, Blue Day" by Foreigner.

Don't forget "Monday, Monday" by the The Mamas & The Papas.

"Blue Monday" by New Order is also older, but is a downright catchy tune -- far from depressing.

And there are surely countless other similar musical/literary references to this theme.

Of course, depression-related medical issues are a serious business. Fortunately, there's generally more effective help available (and less stigma) for this than in previous times.

On the positive side and to his credit, Arnall does advise that we can counter much of this drabness with things like exercise, meditating/yoga, a vacation to a warm location, or just a simple smile/hug.

But then one could get academic about it and take Yale's Happiness Course: 18 general rules for "a more blissful existence."

Whatever the case, don't let Monday, January 21 get you down!

John Rowland

Posted on January 19, 2019 13:11

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