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Today sucks, and there’s a reason…

January 22, 2007

Today is the worst day to be alive. And yes, it’s been scientifically proven.

depression (stock image)According to scientists using a formula called the “Freestyle Happiness Index”, Jan. 22 is the worst day of the year for people both physically and emotionally. This is due to a combination of the nasty winter weather, the bills from the Christmas holiday coming in the mail, and the realization that your New Year’s resolutions have been scrapped.

And in New England and New Orleans, your football teams just lost their shot at the Super Bowl. (Go BEARS!)

From today’s Daily Mail:

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’.

But, look on the bright side…according to the study, 85 percent of people believe things will get better from here. Well, that’s a relief!

Another point to note: Be careful out on the roads today. Research by a British insurance company shows that drivers suffer from winter “depression and lethargy” in January, which impacts driving ability.

No surprise that Interstate 83 is shut down in both directions south of Harrisburg today due to an early-morning accident, which coincided with our first dusting of snow in the region. (crash pics here)

Lethargy settles in…

A side note: Looking at the Daily Mail story photo…it makes me more depressed that the depressed people in Britain are better looking than our depressed people.

And also, another side note: Because winter weather was part of this formula, does that mean that July 22nd is the worst day for people in the Southern Hemisphere, where seasons are reversed?

[UPDATE: Turn that frown upside-down, with these 10 tips to make yourself happy. What? No Prozac?]

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Blue Monday: The unhappiest day of the year | the Daily Mail

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  1. Shingen permalink
    January 22, 2007 7:34 am

    Well, it’s sunny here, and I have nothing to do… so it’s certainly not for me. Although my girlfriend has an exam, so I imagine she’d disagree with me 😉

  2. January 22, 2007 8:00 am

    I was late to work so far due to snowy/icy roads. My wife has a killer migraine headache and is facing a rough day at work. So far, so good for me on this worst day of the year… 🙂

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