The most depressing day of the year

If you consider the time since Christmas, the time to your next holiday, returning to work or college, your debt, the weather and a number of other variables, it’s no surprise that today, 17th January, is statistically the most depressing day of the year.

Psychologist Cliff Arnall devised a seven point equation back in 2005 which resulted in the third Monday in January being the most miserable day of the year. The equation included  (W) weather, (D) debt, (d) monthly salary, (T) time since Christmas, (Q) time since failed quit attempt, (M) low motivational levels and (NA) the need to take action.

So how has today been for you? Have you been productive or lethargic? Did you make it to work or spend the day under the covers? Did you ship what you needed to ship, make that call, cross that burning to-do off your list?




2 responses to “The most depressing day of the year

  1. It’s tough out there for the rice-pickers.

    But for samurai?
    ‘whole other story…
    Jason Calacanis on Rice Pickers and Samurai

    btw – sun is splitting the trees here in Tokyo this morning.
    At 35N I notice a lot more light than when I was in UK latitudes…

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