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    Today Is Blue Monday, the Most Depressing Day of the Year (allegedly)

    Cheers to Blue Monday, 'the most depressing day of the year' (Yahoo)
    As if any Monday in January weren't bad enough, Blue Monday, an ill-reputed date dubbed "the most depressing day of the year," should really put you in a mood. While there has been some confusion over exactly which day Blue Monday falls on in 2013, the official date is January 21.

    The theory of Blue Monday dates back to 2005, when UK psychologist Cliff Arnall created an elaborate mathematical formula to calculate the most miserable day of the year. Thanks to the day's perfect storm of drab weather, holiday bills, and wrecked New Year's resolutions, motivational levels, the idea goes, hit an all-time low. The result: feeling depressed, being inactive, and eating too many carbohydrates.
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    the rest of this dubious proposition at the link above
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    If you are a worker who gets this holiday off, I assume that tomorrow will be even more depressing.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


    Stan Reid

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    That's what I was thinking. When I taught, good old cryptofascist Oklahoma didn't count this as a holiday (actually, I'm not sure they do now) so it was classroom time for me, same schedule.

    Have decided this is indeed Blue Monday as my elaborate plan was to roll quarters and cash 'em in today, no other money at hand, has failed - official holiday or not here, the banks indeed are closed. Argh!

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    This is more like it:

    Blue Monday: a depressing day of nonsense science (again) (Guardian)
    Today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. Except for the fact that is definitely isn't. It is if you go by what the media and the concept's originator says. It isn't if you go by what science, psychology, evidence and sanity in general say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Have decided this is indeed Blue Monday as my elaborate plan was to roll quarters and cash 'em in today, no other money at hand, has failed - official holiday or not here, the banks indeed are closed. Argh!
    I'm retired so all holidays are nothing but an inconvenience.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


    Stan Reid

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    We've had an usual cold snap around here. It's been freezing fog for three weeks now. This is my blue Monday UNLESS this cold snap lasts until next Monday! It better not!!!

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    Really weird as I have been feeling so sad today and I'm normally an upbeat and cheerful person.
    "Words can break someone into a million pieces, but they can also put them back together. I hope you use yours for good, because the only words you'll regret more than the ones left unsaid are the ones you use to intentionally hurt someone."

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    A scant 220 years ago today....
    Today In History ‏@Yesterday_Today
    1793: French Revolution - King Louis XVI was executed on the guillotine for high treason after being stripped of all titles and honorifics.
    And yes, it was a Monday.
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    This is a peppy little tune for a blue Monday, or any Monday. Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac:

    Also:
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    That's what I was thinking. When I taught, good old cryptofascist Oklahoma didn't count this as a holiday (actually, I'm not sure they do now) so it was classroom time for me, same schedule.

    Have decided this is indeed Blue Monday as my elaborate plan was to roll quarters and cash 'em in today, no other money at hand, has failed - official holiday or not here, the banks indeed are closed. Argh!
    Rolling quarters? I see some of us are living higher on the hog than others. *she says as she rolls her pennies*

    Blue Monday - Fats Domino - YouTube

    Buddy Holly -<vid removed> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aBBm_btYf4
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9cM3ALga80
    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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    I think I would operationalize the most depressing day as the day the most suicides are committed. Unfortunately I don't know which one that is...

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31780455.../#.UP2YuGf3Sfk

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4184136.stm

    Do you remember Friday 16 March 2001? It must have been a good day since it was the only day in 1993-2002 that there were no suicides in the UK.

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    .....
    April is the cruellest month, breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memory and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain.
    -- T.S. Eliot The Waste Land
    Several studies have suggested that suicides spike in April.

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    On the other hand...


    Blue monday for me as I spent nearly all day asleep, recovering after working 5 12 hour shifts in a row
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    England's dancing days are done...

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