According to a recent news report, today is the most depressing day of the year. At least, that's what Cliff Arnall, a health psychologist at the University of Cardiff in Wales, tells us. He came up with a formula -- 1/8W+(D-d)3/8xTQMxNA -- to calculate the lowest emotional point of the year.
Now, this formula doesn't hold true for those of us that are clinically depressed, but rather is a calculation for normal people based on the dreariness of the (W)eather, the arrival of maxed-out Christmas bills or (D)ebt, minus monthly salary (d), (T)ime elapsed since Christmas and the failure to keep a New Year's resolution or to (Q)uit a bad habit, low (M)otivational levels and the need to take action (NA). He came up with Jan. 24, or the Monday closest to Jan. 24, since Monday is the most disliked day of the week.
It seems the jury is still out on whether this information trivializes depression or if it raises awareness of the illness, as Arnall claims.
What do you think? I'm of the opinion that this study belittles the seriousness of depressive illnesses and am disappointed that a psychologist would waste time and money doing such a useless study at the request of the travel industry.
Lastly, I'd like to wish my younger brother a very happy birthday today on this most depressing day of the year.