Monday, 18 January 2016

Monday Moanings - January 18, 2016

Blue Monday?

So apparently today has the notoriety of being the most depressing day of the year. Unless of course it's next Monday. There is some disagreement here on which day exactly Blue Monday falls. Most claim it is the third Monday in January -- that would be today --  while others say it is the Monday of the last full week in January -- that would be next Monday, the 25th.
I think I'm getting a headache...

The theory is that late in the first month of the new year, the hype and hoopla machine that propelled us through 6+ weeks of the Christmas/New Year season, has finally run out of gas, AND the credit card bills detailing the excesses of those weeks have arrived.

Ah, but a little research reveals the real truth about Blue Monday. It's origins date back to 2005 when Sky Travel in the UK wanted to drum up January business. They called in a prof at Cardiff University and he developed an equation to calculate the most depressing day of the year.

Interestingly, it turned out to be in January! The idea caught on, along with the remedy: spend more money!

The retail industry loved it and we bought it hook, line and sinker.

Last year, neuroscientist Dean Burnett called a spade a spade: "This claim is incorrect. It is unscientific. It is pseudo scientific. It is uber-scientific." His rant in the Guardian put in no uncertain terms:
"... is it really the most depressing day of the year?
No, no, no.
No. Na. Nein. Non. Nyet. Mhai. Illai. Não. Nee. Ne. Nope. Negatory. Nada. No way, Jose. Nil. Nu. Nie. Bu Dui. Iie. Nem. Nullus. Nej. Neen. And, in case any Klingons are reading this, Ghobe!"
There is no scientific evidence to support a Blue Monday in January, or a Blue Wednesday in October, or any other day of the year.

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) does have some credibility in the world of science and medicine. For some of us, this time of year just doesn't bring enough hours of daylight to keep us merry and bright. But have you noticed that both 7am and 5pm are showing a little more light than a few weeks ago? The light is returning!

The sun where you live may not appear as a great fireball in the sky today, but it is still up there and rising a little bit higher each day.

Where there are shadows, there is light...

It's time to smile and kick off into a new week!
May there be enough light for all of us to enjoy.
Have a good one.

©2016 April Hoeller

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