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01-23-2006, 06:32 PM
Got the blues today? Turns out you are not alone!


Today is the bluest of Mondays

PSYCHOLOGY: A British researcher's equation pegs today as the year's worst day.


LONDON - Having a bad day? Well, no wonder. According to one scientist, Monday, Jan. 23 is the gloomiest day of 2006.

Cliff Arnall, a health psychologist at the University of Cardiff in Wales, has devised a formula that combines personal and seasonal factors to calculate the year's emotional low point.

Arnall said January is a time when people are simply working and don't have a lot of events, parties or holidays to look forward to.

People are struggling to cope not only with the bleak weather, but also with the debts they amassed by spending too much over the holidays.

It's also a time when people are starting to feel like failures because they've broken their resolutions so shortly after making them.

On paper, the formula looks like this:

The variables are (W)eather, (D)ebt, (d) monthly salary, (T)ime since Christmas, time since failure to (Q)uit a bad habit, low (M)otivational levels and (NA), the need to take action.

"All these elements converge to make for a very unhappy day on the 23rd of January," Arnall said.

He said his formula holds true for the United States as well as Britain, except perhaps in places such as Texas, Florida or California, where better weather could help to lift the day's depressing mood.

But Arnall said there are ways to beat the late-January blues.

Instead of trying to turn over the same old new leaf every New Year's Day, he suggested, why not resolve to make a change in a different month, such as March or April?

"I also advise people to do the unusual every January," he said. "Go for a walk in the woods or just get out and about."

Arnall said groups of friends or even co-workers could throw parties to celebrate the 23rd, because being around people you like can be a great way to boost your spirits. People also could resolve to make a budget for their holiday spending next December.

Leslie Godwin, a LosAngeles-based author and life-transition coach, agreed that January is a tough time of the year. She encouraged people to try to exercise, even when the weather is bad.

"Exercise releases hormones that give us a sense of well-being, and it should be seen as an antidote to feeling down or blue," she said.

Godwin, who emphasized that it generally takes three weeks to create a habit, said the best exercise is any kind you are likely to do at least five days a week.

"If you start exercising around New Year's, then you will have formed a positive new habit by the end of the month," she said.

Even if you aren't exercising, there is some good news: It's only six months until what Arnall figures will be the happiest day of 2006 -- June 23.

"In June there is a lot more of an emphasis on nature, with plenty of flowers and trees in full bloom," he said. "There's also the likelihood that people are seeing more of their neighbors because of more daylight.

"People are experiencing positive memories of their childhood summers and they are looking forward to taking their holidays," he said. "All this happens in June, so that it's usually a very good month."


Day of Gloom

Can't explain your melancholy? You're not alone

January 23, 2006

Welcome to the gloomiest day of 2006. That's right, 23 days into the year and this is going to be the low point. It has nothing to do with the reorganization announcement due today from Ford Motor Co., although that's not going to help.

No, according to a Cox News Service report, there are "personal and seasonal factors" combining to bring today down, based on a formula devised by a health psychologist at the University of Cardiff in Wales.

Obviously unaware of all the excitement in the air across Michigan because of a) the Super Bowl coming to Detroit in less than two weeks and b) Gov. Jennifer Granholm's State of the State speech Wednesday, researcher Cliff Arnall says most people are struggling at this time of year because of bleak weather, excess debt from holiday spending and a general lack of meaningful events to anticipate. Arnall also says that by now, most people already have broken their New Year's resolutions, so they are feeling like failures, which adds to the general sense of blah in the air.

Plus it's Monday, eh?

Arnall says the formula through which he arrived at his conclusion about today holds true for Britain and the United States, although it may be a less depressing kind of day in those parts of the United States that receive sunshine and warmer temperatures.

That is not usually the case on these peninsulas at this time of year.

So if someone suggests you are dragging a bit today, explain that this is just the day for it.

And the good news: This is as bad as it is going to get.

01-23-2006, 06:47 PM
That's very interesting. Wasn't too gloomy for me, though. I think Saturday was my worst day so far this year. Can always get worse, though.

I wonder if most people found today gloomy, though.

01-23-2006, 07:02 PM
For the record, I had a great day!

01-23-2006, 07:04 PM
Maybe that dude is wrong...

01-23-2006, 07:06 PM
Funny - I had a good day too - why I found the article so interesting. It was a gloomy, rainy day but that was just the weather. Personally it was a good day.

01-23-2006, 07:07 PM
Snowed here, but it was all slushy when I went out to shovel it. Got a little pissed, but I'm over it now. :lol:

01-23-2006, 07:11 PM
Quite interesting.. I had a pretty good day as well.

01-23-2006, 07:30 PM
well gee. all ya'll happy people should have a party.


01-23-2006, 07:33 PM
AAAWWWWW Carrie! Did you have a bad day, hon'?????

01-23-2006, 07:38 PM
you know, i just feel kind of... off. i'm usually a pretty positive person, but for some reason i just feel like singing, "nobody likes me, everybody hates me, i'm gonna eat a worm." lol.

where ya been, libby? i figured you had absconded to puff's lair. :lol:

01-23-2006, 07:41 PM
last wednesday was oddly gloomy, maybe they calculated wrong...

01-23-2006, 07:42 PM
LOL - I only wish! But no - I'm here. My sweetie is working nights now so I've been spending my evenings with him and then going to bed early LOL Tonight I'm staying up just a little later is all.

01-23-2006, 07:48 PM
ha HA!!!!!!! he *is* near you. gotcha. dragon's lair, just off the coast of PA, huh? :lol:

01-23-2006, 07:51 PM
ha HA!!!!!!! he *is* near you. gotcha. dragon's lair, just off the coast of PA, huh? :lol:

LOL I could be spending time with him in the evenings over the internet - which is how we met - and on the phone!!! He is actually quite a ways away from me :feelbette

01-23-2006, 08:06 PM
damn. very true. in fact, how i spend the evenings with my own, sadly enough. (where are the frownies when we need them????)

01-23-2006, 08:08 PM
Yeah - We need the frownies and the wink - instead we get "envelope head"




01-23-2006, 08:11 PM
rotflol! she's not very usable is she?

01-23-2006, 08:19 PM
hehehehehe - Don't know what to use her for except maybe to say..."It's in the mail!!!" LOL

Anyway - I'm off to bed - gotta teach tomorrow!


01-23-2006, 08:24 PM
have a good day tomorrow, libby!

01-23-2006, 08:29 PM
you know, i just feel kind of... off. i'm usually a pretty positive person, but for some reason i just feel like singing, "nobody likes me, everybody hates me, i'm gonna eat a worm." lol.

where ya been, libby? i figured you had absconded to puff's lair. :lol:

I'm actually feeling off, too, but I get like this sometimes when I just want to be alone.

01-23-2006, 08:50 PM
well, it is obviously because it is january 23rd, shannon. it'll all be better in the morning.

01-23-2006, 08:52 PM
I've been feeling like this for a little while now. Maybe tomorrow will fix it. Blah...I need to get away from this valley for a while. I'm trapped again.

01-23-2006, 08:58 PM
awww, shannon. i hate feeling that way. no wonder with all the pressures of school. what you need is a weekend spa getaway. (i'm it would do it for me, lol)

01-23-2006, 09:02 PM
I just need to drive for a little bit. That helps.

01-23-2006, 09:05 PM
tonight? be careful!

01-23-2006, 09:06 PM
Not tonight. Maybe Friday night. It all depends on the stupid snow...

01-23-2006, 09:10 PM
we've been having incredible thunderstorms with torrential downpours and flooding. wonky weather. not much snow to speak of so far this season, though (thankfully).

11-03-2007, 02:53 PM
lol what was this thread accually about?

11-03-2007, 04:39 PM
lol what was this thread accually about?

see the first post.