Most depressing day of the year is here

Holiday bills, failed resolutions and bad weather make third Monday in January rather "blue"
||Last Updated: 02/01/2011

Feeling a little blue today? You're not the only one. Today is the "most depressing day of the year," according to a former part-time lecturer at Cardiff University in Wales.

In 2005, psychologist Cliff Arnall used some interesting arithmetic to determine the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year and coined it "Blue Monday."

On this day, cold, cloudy and snowy weather combines with holiday credit card bills and failed New Year's resolutions to make the day just plain horrible.

While Arnall created his "Blue Monday" formula as part of a marketing campaign for a British travel company, there is probably some truth to the idea the middle of January can be a depressing time for many people, especially those who over-spent in December, realize they probably won't lose those 30 pounds or haven't seen the sun in what feels like months.

In fact, Canadians are less satisfied with their emotional health, physical health, their diet and the state of their finances in January than they were in December, according to an EKOS Research survey on behalf of the Florida Department of Citrus.

EKOS completed two surveys, one in December of 1,197 Canadians aged 18 and over and one in January of 1,145 Canadians aged 18 and over.

In January, 24 per cent said they were dissatisfied with their emotional health (up from 18 per cent in December), 29 per cent were unhappy with their diet (up from 21 per cent), 40 per cent were unhappy with the state of their personal finances (up from 33 per cent) and 44 per cent were dissatisfied with their physical health or fitness (up from 35 per cent).

Survey highlights

•Respondents under 25 years appear the most dissatisfied with their emotional health (28 per cent are dissatisfied compared to the average of 24 per cent).

•Respondents aged 35-44 top the list as being the most dissatisfied with their work- life balance (33 per cent vs. the average of 26 per cent).

•Consumers aged 35-44 appear the most unhappy with their physical health with 52 per cent declaring themselves dissatisfied.

•Those under 25 years are the demographic most unhappy with their current diet with 38 per cent stating that they are dissatisfied.

•Those aged 35-44 are the least happy with their overall well-being, with 18 per cent ranking their state as poor compared to the national average of 14 per cent.

•Younger people (aged under 25 years) are the happiest demographic with 78 per cent feeling happy most or all of the time, compared to the national average of 65 per cent.

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