What is Blue Monday?

What is Blue Monday?

Today Monday January 16th is the worst day of the year: Blue Monday. But where does it come from?

A swipe of com

It’s official that Monday January 16th is the most depressing day of the year. That kind of absurd general truth that keeps running through your head all day. The equation invented in 2005 would explain why today is the most depressing day of the year [W = (D-d)] x TQ: M x Na. A pseudo-calculation that would give it all its justification: “W” denotes the weather (e.g weather in English), “Dd” represents the debt one has incurred due to the holiday and the ability to repay it before January payday, “T” represents the time elapsed since Christmas, “Q” is the Time elapsed since New Year resolutions. The whole thing is divided by the lack of motivation “M”, which in turn is multiplied by the need for action “Na”.

Originally, Blue Monday was a purely commercial invention. It was launched between 1994 and 2010 on behalf of the travel agency Sky Travel. At the time, the travel agency boasted itself by citing Cliff Arnall, a Cardiff University pseudo-professor. In fact, he had only given evening classes at a related facility for a short time. Of course, this trick should trick people into planning their big vacation and using it to buy their travel tickets.

scientific nonsense

According to Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist, this publicity stunt would be a bad hoax for people who are truly suffering. He told Le Monde newspaper: “These kinds of calculations threaten the public’s understanding of science and psychology. It is also disrespectful to those suffering from true depression as it implies that it is a temporary and minor experience that everyone suffers from.“. Roland Oft, psychiatrist at the Salpêtrière hospital and professor at the University of Paris-6, denounces the absurdity of this pseudo-general truth: “Mathematical formulas cannot predict how a person will feel. »

On the other hand, Blue Monday can be an opportunity to speak up about your problems without guilt and with legitimacy, because if this day is the most depressing day of the year, people who are feeling really bad can speak up without fear, to be convicted. Let’s not forget them “Signs of a Depression” : Loss of desire, loss of self-esteem, fatigue and sleep disturbances (difficulty falling asleep, waking up early, etc.). On the other hand, if that day is the most depressing of the year, do everything you can to make sure it’s not: visit your dearest friends, practice your favorite sport, eat at the restaurant you love most, kiss your family or loved ones passionate. Its creator, Cliff Arnall, champions it “Abolition”the latter, on the contrary, did not want to create a wave of negativity.

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Blue Monday is therefore an invitation to enjoy life, the people around you and your passions. Taking life’s pains on the wrong foot is sometimes the best way to self-actualize. Much like Friday the 13th, Blue Monday is commercial nonsense that deserves to be misconstrued. Let’s fight against the winter blues and as Ronsard says: “Let’s pick the roses of life today”.

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