There is a very dodgy website called Beat Blue Monday.
Using the following quite bizarre formula, they have determined that tomorrow, January 19th, is the most depressing day of the year.
Blue Monday was first defined by Cliff Arnall, formerly of Cardiff University, marking the symbolic time in January when people suffer from a series of combined depressive effects.
Blue Monday was devised using the following mathematical equation:
The model was broken down using six immediately identifiable factors; weather (W), debt (d), time since Christmas (T), time since failing our new year’s resolutions (Q), low motivational levels (M) and the feeling of a need to take action (Na).
The equation calculates that Monday 19 January 2009 is the worst day of the year, when the Christmas glow has faded away, New Year’s resolutions have been broken, cold Winter weather has set in and credit card bills will be landing on doormats across the land – whilst the January pay-cheque is still some way away.
Today was fine, temperatures in the mid 20s C, mid 70s F.
The garden is a bit water stressed but looking reasonable.
The further I get away from Christmas, the happier I am.
All my resolutions are intact because I was selective in what I resolved.
Debt is manageable.
I am sipping a nice glass of Shiraz
...the 19th of January is the last day of the reign of Mad George.
What's not to be deliriously happy about?