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The Most Depressing Day of the Year

By Staff | Jan 25, 2011

I can’t think of a single person who is fond of January. No one ever says, “You know what? January is my favorite month of the year!” Poor January just doesn’t hold a candle to May, June, or July in the favorites department.

You can blame frigid wintry weather, being stuck inside all the time, and waking up in the dark and getting off work in the dark for January’s plight. In fact, some folks got together as part of a publicity campaign by Sky Travel (a now defunct TV channel dedicated to travel) to determine the “most depressing day of the year” back in 2005. That honor was bestowed upon the last Monday of the final full week of January, and has been dubbed “Blue Monday.”

According to my research, the date was calculated by using many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and the ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing any new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels, and feeling of a need to take action.

This year there has been some confusion about the correct date. Some claimed it was on January 17, while others say Blue Monday was on January 24.

Whichever Monday you choose to observe “Blue Monday,” one thing is sure: January is far too long and cold, and we all need to lighten up and brighten up. Do something, anything to lift your spirits while waiting for this time of year to come to a close.

Wear something colorful. Remember that Hawaiian shirt in your closet? Now is the time to pull it out! Why save those aqua blues, spring-time peaches, and summery yellows for the warmer months? Put them on now!

Fire up the grill tonight. Why can’t you have burgers, steaks, and hot dogs right now? Whip up the potato salad, chill your favorite beverage, and enjoy a summer-time picnic indoors.

Turn the music on. Somehow, just listening to calypso or reggae music transports you to a warmer climate-at least in spirit. The music is fun and upbeat. Kick off your snow boots and shake a leg in the middle of your living room!

There are so many little things we can do to make the time between the doldrums of winter and those first sunny days of spring a little shorter. Keep sunny thoughts in mind. Just think: January is nearing finished, and we won’t have to deal with this least favorite month for a whole year!