If you woke up feeling blah on January 24, you’re in good company, that day is now officially “the most depressing day of the year.”
Those are the findings of Dr. Cliff Arnall, an English psychologist who specializes in seasonal disorders at the University of Cardiff in Wales. His formula for analyzing such things includes seven variables-the weather, personal debt, monthly salary and even the amount of time since Christmas, among other things-that determine people’s feelings of happiness.
He figures January 24 is when credit-card bills start rolling in, reminding us how we got carried away again with our holiday spending. By now many of our New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside or at least been riddled with pockets of compromise.
Isn’t it great to know the worst day of the year is behind us, it’s in our review mirror, past tense, forgotten, erased and gone?
Maybe this would be a good time to get a jump on Thanksgiving. Think about everything there is to rejoice in, make a list of things you are thankful for, even on a day that may be blah.