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Here’s why Blue Monday is actually a pretty bad idea

| blog, Blue Monday, Depression, Health, L&B World, Mental health, UK | January 18, 2016

'Blue Monday' can be any day of the year (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)
‘Blue Monday’ can be any day of the year (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

We’ve all heard that today is supposed to be the ‘most depressing day of the year’.

It’s been pumped out by PR firms for more than a decade, but is ‘Blue Monday’ actually just trivialising real mental health issues?

Mental health charity Mind have launched a counter campaign – #BlueAnyDay – to dispel the myth that there is one magical day of the year where we feel most depressed.

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Blue Monday: Tomorrow may be the most depressing day of the year

| blog, Blue Monday, L&B World, UK | January 17, 2016

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We’re sorry to tell you this, but the so-called ‘most miserable day of the year’ is upon us again.

January 18 has been marked down as Blue Monday – the third Monday of January, when everything is supposedly at its most depressing.

But was the day ever actually based on anything, or is it just a massive PR job?

How was Blue Monday worked out?

Psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall first worked out that Blue Monday was super crappy in 2005, after putting together this formula:


Where W is weather, D is debt, d is monthly salary, T is the time passed since Christmas, Q is the time since the failure of an attempt to give something up, M is low motivational level and Na is the need to take action.

Science! Seems legit, right?

Hmm… Not really. One glaring issue with the above ‘formula’ is that Arnall never specified what the units… Read the full story

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