The Most Depressing Day of the Year

The third Monday in January has come and gone. According to a British psychologist, Cliff Arnall, that day is the most depressing day of the year. Dr. Arnall’s basis for this is a formula he developed that takes into account the weather, holiday debt, resolutions that have failed and a work-to-be-done/motivation-to-do-it ratio. His formula doesn’t even take into account current events (economy, war, healthcare).


Aren’t you glad it’s over and what a depressing thing to look forward to! Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy.


So, what are you going to do about it? Another Briton, Sophie Howarth, has an idea. Get together with like-minded people and celebrate what is good in your life (yes there is!!). Take time (a very little time) to moan and groan then move on. Learn about ethical living, meaningful relationships and enjoyment.


Think about the good things every day. No good things? Oh, come on! Winter is 1/3 over. The price of gasoline has gone down. We’re beginning to disengage from one war. My amaryllis is blooming. I still have Internet.


So – take heart and think positively. Depression is self-reinforcing, but so is optimism. 


Mary Lou Bernardo, PhD, MSN


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