Monday, January 22, 2007
Researchers in England, citing unpaid holiday bills, rotten weather and people's realization that they likely won't live up to their New Year's resolutions, say Jan. 22 is the unhappiest day of 2007. Cliff Arnall, a Cardiff University psychologist, devised the depressing formula. His equation takes into account six factors: weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing our New Year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling a need to take action. Taken together, they calculate to equal "Blue Monday." Arnall said that by understanding the main factors for depression, we can prevent becoming unhappy next year. "Use the day as a springboard for a higher quality life," he told the London Daily Mail. "For example, keeping Christmas spending to a strict budget next year will make you less depressed in the last week of January.