January 21 Dubbed Most Depressing Day of the Year 2013

Bad weather, low motivation and debt levels may lead to low morale

Psychologist Cliff Arnall has calculated that today, Monday, January 21, is this year's most depressing day.

Arnall was hired by Sky Travel in 2005 to identify what date is best for people to start planning their summer holidays, and realized he could pinpoint the worst date of the year for most people. His statistical examination points to the third Monday after the holidays.

“I was originally asked to come up with what I thought was the best day to book a summer holiday but when I started thinking about the motives for booking a holiday, reflecting on what thousands had told me during stress management or happiness workshops, there were these factors that pointed to the third Monday in January as being particularly depressing,” he says.

Setting this date might turn it into a self-fulfilling prophecy, so he encourages people to ignore the result of his survey and stay positive, Telegraph notes.

According to Inquisitr, Arnall based his assumption on debt and motivational levels, and dreary weather. On “Blue Monday,” bills racked up during the holidays are starting to catch up with us, New Year's resolutions begin to fall apart and the cold makes it difficult to perform daily activities.

Christmas is behind us, and we have to get readjusted to our work schedules, making it difficult for us to stay upbeat.

If this day hasn't been all that great for you, then Arnall may have been right. Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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