Today is the ‘most depressing day of the year’

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Have you ever heard of Blue Monday? Well it’s today.

Blue Monday is the name given to January 21, 2012 as part of a publicity campaign by Sky Travel that started back in 2005.

Blue Monday is the result of a complicated mathematical equation by Cliff Arnall, who developed the equation when he was tutoring at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, a Further Education centre attached to Cardiff University.

The formula figures up the number of days since Christmas, weather and debt.

\frac{[W + D-d] T^Q}{M N_a}

The formula: weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na. ‘D’ is not defined in the release, nor are units.

The day widely thought of as a publicity day, where some companies take advantage of “Blue Monday” to send out press releases encouraging customers to go on a vacation or purchase products to make them “happy.”

Bottom line? Ignore the hype and make it a good Monday.

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