Stuart Young, London, UK
You may have heard of Blue Monday , it’s the day in January that’s supposed to be the most miserable day of the year (as decided by Cliff Arnall but largely attributed to Porter Novelli PR agency).
Some say it’s the last Monday of the month, some say it’s the first.
According to the article it was a formula based on the weather, how many days it had been since Christmas, the amount of collective debt there is, and the time since failing any new year resolutions.
The equation has since been widely ridiculed but, there probably is some truth to it. This is the time of year when, certainly in the northern hemisphere, we are coming down from the high of the Christmas break. The weather IS terrible, we have spent to much, eaten too much, drunk too much and we generally re-evaluate our lives using the new year as a symbolic time of rebirth.
The Independent newspaper wrote about it the other day, as did many other papers and periodicals, so I guess this is on people’s minds everywhere.
But what can we do about it?
Well you can only change the things you can – the weather is the weather, everything else on the list is a matter of choice.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr
For most people the act of going back to the same old workplace is key to the misery. If you are one of them maybe it’s time you start by looking at what you do for a living as a priority.
Do you want 2014 to be the same as 2013?
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