Although we have never needed any special encouragement to book holidays in January, as it’s well known to be the busiest month in the year for the travel companies! And rightly so, when it’s cold and wet outside I’m all for planning a well-earned rest in the sun.
Dr Cliff Arnall’s ‘magic’ formula for calculating the date for Blue Monday is:
W is weather
D is debt
d monthly salary
T time since Christmas
Q time since failure of attempt to give something up
M low motivational level and
NA the need to take action.
Contact someone who needs a friend
Now I don’t know if the maths works (it’s been widely discredited) but it seems to me that we should not only act with a half glass full attitude but also look to give a little to those less fortunate. That doesn’t mean making a great hoo-ha about it but rather picking the phone up to someone you know is struggling or even sending them a message on Messenger – whatever works for you.
Have some Free Fun
One way to best those winter blues is to search for a free, fun activity. I was drawn in by the Museum of Happiness Winter Happiness Event which start today and runs until 19th February. Dive into their huge white ball pool and lose yourselves for an hour of so of fun. Find all the details on their website.
The Power of Music
So have you guessed where the lyrics in the picture come from?
Yes, it’s Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 by Ian Dury and The Blockheads
Being in my nuddy
Saying hokey-dokey, Sing Along With Smokey
Redouble your New Year’s resolutions
Many people set unrealistic expectations at the beginning of the year and it’s now that the resolution to give up chocolate, wine and cheese start to falter. This happens is our work lives too. If you miss a couple of days on the diet or the sales calls you meant to make, it doesn’t really matter. It wasn’t the goal that was flawed but the process. It takes longer than a fortnight to change a habit after all. Those who say you can change a habit in 21 days are offering false promises, it’s more like 200 days!
The Happiness Jar
One thing’s for certain, the days are getting longer, we’re half way through January and two week’s from pay day and I don’t know about you, but I’m off to see La La Land.