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Friday 18 April 2014

Feeling glum? The new 'Blue Monday' is today, research shows

New research shows that today is the most depressing day of the year, known globally as ‘Blue Monday’.

Originally believed to be the Monday of the last full week in January, a new study contradicts Cardiff University researcher Dr Cliff Arnall and claims that it is January 6 that is the new official day of glum. 

UK  protein drink company Upbeat claims the first Monday back at work in January has consistently secured the lowest score for the year on its ‘happiness index’ based on social media statistics.

The company’s barometer analysed over 2 million tweets in the month of January over the past three years, selecting tweets which indicate negative moods.

Tweets relating to guilt were nearly five times higher than average on January 6 as people head back to the workplace and complain about their New Year’s resolutions.

In 2005, Dr Cliff Arnall calculated the original date of ‘Blue Monday’.

Arnall created his formula for the most depressing day of the year by working with six factors; weather conditions, debt level, time elapsed since Christmas, time elapsed since failing our New Year’s resolutions, our general seasonal motivational levels and our need to have something to look forward to.

He calculated that these events were all a common denominator on January 24, 2005, being the Monday of the last full week in January.

Upbeat’s report also discovered that the female population tend to stay more positive throughout the entire first month of the year.

They also claim the happiest days of the year are December 24, December 25, January 1, February 14 and July 7.

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