Feeling a little down today? A little depressed? In a bit of a blue funk? Congratulations – it’s not your fault.
In a society where we don’t hold anyone accountable for anything any more, there is now scientific proof that your depression today isn’t an accident – it’s Blue Monday.
Dr. Cliff Arnall, a staff psychologist at Cardiff University in Great Britain, has developed a formula that takes into account various factors that lead to a bad mood. According to his formula, today’s the day.
Where T equals time since Christmas, D equals debt, W is weather, d is money due in January pay, Q time since failed quit attempt, M general motivational levels and NA is the need to take action, today, he calculates, we are in trouble.
Here is the formula: 1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA.
Don’t try and work it out, it’s too depressing.
In short, it decrees the Monday morning of the last full week of January to be a deeper shade of blue than any other of the year.
Personally, I think his formula is wrong. The days are getting longer, and the weather warmer, and we learned on Friday the benefits of that. Besides, the only really depressing thing I can see is that pathetic performance yesterday of the Packers … :angry: