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Blue Monday - the antidote

The third Monday in January is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year and since 2005, for those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, has been dubbed Blue Monday as a result of a piece of pseudoscience published by Dr Cliff Arnall to help boost holiday sales for Sky Travel.

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

If you’re at home this week then turn up the radio as a blast of your favourite tunes can lift the spirits. Thousands of us will be returning to Rock Choir this week (hooray) and I believe our first song this term is the very upbeat History by non-other than One Direction!
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
"Something nice to study, phoning up a buddy
Being in my nuddy
Saying hokey-dokey, Sing Along With Smokey
Coming out of chokey"

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

My last blog post was all about a simple tip to help you focus on the little things in life to be grateful for. Read the post here: 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.

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