Monday 18th January is officially the most depressing day of the year, according to psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall at Cardiff University. He uses mathematical equations to reach his verdict that the Monday of the third week in January means you are more likely to feel blue than any other day of the year. This is traditionally due to the Christmas debts, broken New Year resolutions, and bad weather – which particularly applies this year for many of us!
For those with Humour as a Strength, why not try to see ways in which you can use this to lift the spirits of those around you? Can you tell an amusing anecdote or two? Could you try to see the funny side of their situation in order to brighten their day? As someone who has Humour as a strength, but also a bare food cupboard (being snowed in!), I make daily jokes about the ‘quality’ of my family meals! Are there other strengths you could use to help overcome Blue Monday?
If it helps in your mission, tell your friends that the happiest day of the year, according to Cliff, is Friday 18 June 2010 – 6 months to go and counting!