Is there any time more depressing than the end of January?
The weather is awful, post-Christmas credit card bills are coming in, the summer holidays are far away, and it's tempting to take up permanent residency on the sofa.
But even if all is grey around you and all of your new-year goals have already been abandoned, here is a suggestion: look for the "thin slices of joy" in your day.
This term was coined by mindfulness guru and best-selling author Chade-Meng Tan, who says that taking the time to appreciate the tiny, seemingly insignificant moments in your day can makes us much happier overall.
The joy of getting a funny text from a friend, savouring a nice cup of tea on a screen break, or the bliss of sinking into a hot bath at the end of the day might only last a few minutes, or even merely seconds, but these moments add up and the more you notice and appreciate them, the more you train your brain to find joy everywhere… even in the office on a rainy January day.
* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net